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shooting iron

noun, Informal.
a firearm, especially a pistol or revolver.
Origin of shooting iron
1780-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • But first I want that shooting-iron; it might go off by accident and hurt some one badly.'

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
  • I asked him if he used the shooting-iron to keep his landlord in order.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • But if you'll take your hand off me and put down that shooting-iron, I'll help you hunt it, if there is one.

  • You're very plucky, all because your mate has got a shooting-iron.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • The actual fact was that, although every man of us had some sort of a "shooting-iron," they were not formidable.

    Crossing the Plains, Days of '57 William Audley Maxwell
  • Then, as Purdee's laughter still jarred the air, he drew a "shooting-iron" from his pocket.

    The Riddle Of The Rocks Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
British Dictionary definitions for shooting-iron

shooting iron

(US, slang) a firearm, esp a pistol
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for shooting-iron

shoot hoops

verb phrase

To play impromptu basketball; try for baskets: The Boys shoot hoops and zip around on skateboards (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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