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(of a gun) having two barrels
extremely forceful or vehement
(Brit) (of a surname) having hyphenated parts
serving two purposes; ambiguous: a double-barrelled remark
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  • I took a quick shot with a double-barrelled rifle, and he dropped immediately.

  • Some of our guns were double-barrelled shot-guns, others were rifles.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • I mounted my squad on good horses, and every man was furnished with a double-barrelled shotgun and a revolver.

  • At the same time I looked to the caps of my double-barrelled gun.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • Guyon, Amiet and Hyvert assumed a defensive position, their double-barrelled pistols levelled upon their armed opponents.

    The Companions of Jehu Alexandre Dumas, pre
  • Darke carries a double-barrelled gun, and has still a bullet left.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • Some of his sharpest bullets were fired from a double-barrelled gun.

    The Making of William Edwards Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks
  • After the first double-barrelled "bo' jou', bo' jou'," they paid no further attention to me.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • In the evening, crossed the glassy bay and motored to pay a double-barrelled visit to the Military and Civil Governors.

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

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu

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