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riot gun

a gun, especially a shotgun with a short barrel, for quelling riots rather than inflicting serious injury.
Origin of riot gun
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Then he went in and got his riot-gun, well loaded with duck-shot.

    Following the Color Line Ray Stannard Baker
  • The Colonel ejected his words with the decisive click of a riot-gun.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • So they raged all night, firing at the jail, but not daring to come too near the man with the riot-gun.

    Following the Color Line Ray Stannard Baker

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