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shooting war

open conflict between hostile nations involving direct military engagements. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But Hengly can turn this world upside down and might even get a shooting-war going before they get here.

    The K-Factor Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
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shooting iron

noun phrase

A firearm, esp a pistol (1775+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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