water pistol

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a toy gun that shoots a stream of liquid.
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Also called water gun, squirt gun.

Origin of water pistol

First recorded in 1900–05
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How to use water pistol in a sentence

  • I told Barrington also about the cherries and the torn clothes, and what a good appetite he had; and about the water-pistol.

  • This was a water pistol, warranted to keep dogs at bay, in motoring.

    The Princess Passes|Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  • She had a water-pistol which, when properly charged, would propel a stream of water an unbelievable distance.

    Everyday Adventures|Samuel Scoville
  • My hand flew to my pocket, but paused, even as it grasped the water pistol.

    The Princess Passes|Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for water pistol

water pistol

a toy pistol that squirts a stream of water or other liquidAlso called (US): water gun
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