[smawl-bawr, -bohr]

Origin of small-bore

First recorded in 1895–1900 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of small-bore

  • Their fallback is a series of small-bore bills like more visas for high-tech workers.

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    Bob Shrum’s Winners & Losers of 2012

    Robert Shrum

    December 14, 2012

  • And it initiated a neverending flurry of small-bore initiatives that cumulated in quite a lot of progress in the 1990s.

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    Overcoming the Fear Factor

    Ted Widmer

    March 21, 2010

Historical Examples of small-bore

British Dictionary definitions for small-bore


  1. (of a firearm) having a small bore, especially one of less than .22 calibre
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