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[puhmp-ak-shuh n] /ˈpʌmpˌæk ʃən/
(of a shotgun or rifle) having an action that extracts the empty case, loads, and cocks the piece by means of a hand-operated lever that slides backward and forward; slide-action.
Origin of pump-action
1910-15, Americanism Unabridged
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  • The game sets includes a toy pump-action rifle with a simulated laser scope and realistic shooting sounds when fired.
  • They typically are launched from a pump-action shotgun or a single round tear gas gun that requires two hands to operate.
British Dictionary definitions for pump-action


(of a shotgun or other repeating firearm) operated by a slide-action mechanism feeding ammunition from a magazine under the barrel into the breech
spraying or dispensing liquid by means of a pump rather than using a propellant
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Contemporary definitions for pump-action

pertaining to something that has a repeating action, as a gun or a spray dispenser's 21st Century Lexicon
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