Origin of squirt gun

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for squirt gun

  • "I said not so," replied young Arvid, coolly sending a full charge from his squirt-gun straight up in air.

    Historic Boys|Elbridge Streeter Brooks
  • Porky pulled out his check-book and begun to scribble with one of them squirt-gun pens.

  • "You'd better leave that squirt-gun with me," said Grandcourt.

    The Danger Mark|Robert W. Chambers
  • "I ain't goin' to do nothin'," declared Hardy Atkins, carefully stowing his squirt-gun away.

    Bat Wing Bowles|Dane Coolidge

British Dictionary definitions for squirt gun

squirt gun

noun

US and Canadian another name for water pistol
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