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swivel gun

  1. a gun mounted on a pedestal so that it can be turned from side to side or up and down.
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Origin of swivel gun

First recorded in 1705–15
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Historical Examples of swivel gun

  • The big gunner was at the breach of his swivel-gun, ramrod in hand.

    The Black Buccaneer

    Stephen W. Meader

  • Transcendentalism is a swivel-gun, which can be fired easily in any direction.

  • Poor fellow, he was very glad, fired his swivel-gun, and then brought up for breakfast.

  • There was a report, my boy; the swivel-gun kicked, and the Rear Admiral fell upon the deck with a promiscuous violence.