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buckshot

[buhk-shot] /ˈbʌkˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
a large size of lead shot used in shotgun shells for hunting game, as pheasants or ducks.
Origin of buckshot
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see buck1, shot1
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  • When the scoundrel breaks cover he may go fast, but the rifle-bullet or buckshot goes the faster, and it would not do to miss.

    Two Years in Oregon Wallis Nash
  • See, here's where a buckshot from your gun struck him in the side.

  • I therefore armed myself with a gun charged with buckshot, and went to meet the animals by moonlight.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • And Bob held out to him a handful of buckshot and rifle-bullets.

  • Vanderhorst now asked Witherspoon, "at what distance he would prefer, as the most sure to strike with buckshot?"

    The Life of Francis Marion William Gilmore Simms
  • If there are any shotguns in the place bring two back with plenty of buckshot shells.

    The End of Time Wallace West
  • "Tawabinisy" (they always gave him his full title; we called him Tawb) "tell me lake you find he no Kawgama," translated buckshot.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • One barrel was loaded with a heavy charge of buckshot, and the other with a slug.

    The Boy Settlers Noah Brooks
  • Hastily reloading my gun with shells loaded with buckshot, I circled around the bushes to get a shot at the fellow.

  • I was armed with my double-barrelled shotgun loaded with buckshot.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
British Dictionary definitions for buckshot

buckshot

/ˈbʌkˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
lead shot of large size used in shotgun shells, esp for hunting game
Word Origin
C15 (original sense: the distance at which a buck can be shot)
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Word Origin and History for buckshot
n.

coarse kind of shot used for deer and other large game, 1776, from buck (n.1) + shot (n.).

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