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riflery

[rahy-fuh l-ree] /ˈraɪ fəl ri/
noun
1.
the art, practice, or sport of shooting at targets with rifles.
Origin of riflery
1840-1850
1840-50; rifle1 + -ry
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  • There was a crash of riflery very close at hand, the mule plunged, and she reeled backwards with a little cry.

    The Dust of Conflict David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • Nares, who shivered a little, said nothing, and a minute or two later a crackle of riflery broke out in the bush.

    Long Odds Harold Bindloss
  • Still, he made no answer, and there was silence, until from beyond the dust cloud rose the strident crackle of riflery.

    The Dust of Conflict David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • Then the silence was suddenly broken by a crash of riflery, and the front of the houses was smeared by drifting smoke!

    The Dust of Conflict David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
British Dictionary definitions for riflery

riflery

/ˈraɪfəlrɪ/
noun (US)
1.
rifle shots
2.
the practice or skill of rifle marksmanship
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