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automatic rifle

a type of light machine gun capable of firing automatically or in single shots.
Also called automatic, machine rifle.
Origin of automatic rifle
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • As a rule, bombing, machine-gun, and automatic-rifle fire practice came in the mornings.

    Our Army at the Front Heywood Broun
  • He was eventually made corporal of an automatic-rifle squad.

    Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt

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