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horse pistol

noun
1.
a large pistol formerly carried by horsemen.
Origin of horse pistol
1695-1705
1695-1705
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  • The man fell back, dead before he hit the ground, his throat torn out by the slug from Mark's horse pistol.

    The Time Mirror Clark South
  • To the left is seated a highwayman, with horse pistol and black mask in a skirt pocket of his coat.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • "Anderson, I want you to be very careful with that horse pistol," said his wife nervously.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow George Barr McCutcheon
  • Then from out of the bushes Dick saw thrust the shining barrel of a horse pistol.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • But she had the horse pistol I had given her on the ledge of the sill close at her hand.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • Beside her a young man—his face in the shadows—held a horse pistol on another man.

    The Time Mirror Clark South
  • Wrenshaw untied his rifle from the tent pole and put it and the horse pistol on his camp table.

  • They consisted of an old sword and a horse pistol, the latter of which we loaded with ball.

  • The horse pistol was hunted for, as it had recoiled with such force I had lost hold of it.

British Dictionary definitions for horse pistol

horse pistol

noun
1.
a large holstered pistol formerly carried by horsemen
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