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air rifle

an air gun with rifled bore.
Origin of air rifle
1900-05, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And go hunting, put in Bony, cracking his finger knuckles, as if firing off an air-rifle.

    Jack Ranger's Gun Club Clarence Young
  • Trottie oiled up the air-rifle, which he was only allowed to use in windowless wildernesses.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • They were in uniform; each was armed with an air-rifle and a short sword.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • Just as soon as I get enough food saved up, and can swap my alleys and chaneys with Billy Drake for his air-rifle.

    The Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill
  • Ill shoot any one who touches me, and he caught up his air-rifle.

  • There are two methods possible which afford partial relief: traps and driving them away with an air-rifle.

    Bird Houses Boys Can Build Albert F. Siepert
British Dictionary definitions for air-rifle

air rifle

a rifle discharged by compressed air
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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