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elephant gun

a gun of very large caliber, as .410 or greater, used in killing elephants or other big game. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • So he even brought along an elephant-gun, which his cousin had used in India.

    The Prairie Wife Arthur Stringer
  • Jane Hubbard's robuster course was to raise the elephant-gun, point it at the front door, and pull the trigger.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • I told him I had been down-town fetching an elephant-gun which I had left to be mended.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • If somebody loosed off an elephant-gun at me in a dark corridor, I would climb on to the roof and pull it up after me.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • The door opened and Jane Hubbard appeared, slipping a fresh cartridge into the elephant-gun.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • It appeared to be a long musket, or elephant-gun, such as the “roers” in use among South African hunters.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • A moment later she tore free, but Jack's elephant-gun crashed out and she lay still.

    The Rogue Elephant Elliott Whitney
  • He would meet with fierce tribes, but his elephant-gun, as he knew from experience, was a match for many assegais.

    The African Colony John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for elephant-gun

elephant gun

a gun used in the hunting of elephants
(Austral, slang) a surfboard for riding large waves
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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