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bird shot

small-sized shot used for shooting birds.
Origin of bird shot
1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Von Hofe received his full share of the praise, for his bird-shot had contributed no little to the rout of the giant buffaloes.

    The Rogue Elephant Elliott Whitney
  • And, the gun not being loaded, he promptly blew Sandy full of bird-shot.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
  • It came in the night, with a howl of blast and a fusillade of sleet like bird-shot.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • A load of bird-shot, a handful it seemed to Harry, flew about his ears.

    The Shades of the Wilderness Joseph A. Altsheler
  • His accurate eye drew an imaginary line of circumference around the area of danger from bird-shot, and upon this line lie rode.

    Whirligigs O. Henry
  • But Snettishane was stately in spite of the bird-shot burning under his skin.

    The Faith of Men Jack London
  • Particles of sleet rattled like bird-shot against his fusilage.

    Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell
  • Down went the sixteen Indians as if the bird-shot had been fatal to all.

    Captured by the Navajos Charles A. Curtis
  • He bent to kiss the hand of Mrs. Carroll, and she held in it a shell filled with bird-shot.

    A Tar-Heel Baron Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
  • From the sack in his father's closet—forbidden—he deliberately abstracted a handful of bird-shot.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White

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