sawed-off shotgun

[ sawd-awf shot-guhn, -of ]

  1. a shotgun having a shorter barrel than a standard shotgun: The informants had seen shell casings on the stairs and a sawed-off shotgun in the cellar.

Origin of sawed-off shotgun

First recorded in 1895–1900
  • Also especially British, sawn-off shot·gun [sawn-awf shot-guhn, -of] /ˈsɔnˌɔf ˈʃɒtˌgʌn, -ˌɒf/

Words Nearby sawed-off shotgun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sawed-off shotgun in a sentence

  • The burglar was a career criminal, just out of prison after robbing a liquor store with a sawed-off shotgun.

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  • Her aunt had commented on the fact that Clint had taken from the wall a sawed-off shotgun he sometimes carried by his saddle.

    Oh, You Tex! | William Macleod Raine
  • George Ashby lay on the ground bound as he had been left, his sawed-off shotgun not far away and his belt full of shells.

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  • George Ashby's sawed-off shotgun looked squarely at the region bounded by Jeff Moore's belt.

    The Young Engineers in Arizona | H. Irving Hancock
  • From its case beneath his leg he took the sawed-off shotgun loaded with buckshot.

    The Sheriff's Son | William MacLeod Raine