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.
- Also especially British, sawn-off shot·gun [sawn-awf shot-guhn, -of] /ˈsɔnˌɔf ˈʃɒtˌgʌn, -ˌɒf/
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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.
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.The Young Engineers in Arizona | H. Irving Hancock
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
About thirty yards up the street a sawed-off shotgun goes off.The Ambulance Made Two Trips | William Fitzgerald Jenkins