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six-shooter

[siks-shoo-ter, -shoo-] /ˈsɪksˈʃu tər, -ˌʃu-/
noun
1.
a revolver from which six shots can be fired without reloading.
Origin of six-shooter
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism
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  • He'll keep on till some over-provoked sport bends a six-shooter on his insultin' head.'

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • As the ponies flash by, Moore's six-shooter barks three times.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • He went to her swiftly, and taking the six-shooter gently from her hand laid it upon the ground.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
     
    Caroline Lockhart
  • His six-shooter fell to the ground and he clutched his side.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • I had left camp in such a hurry that I failed to take my six-shooter, an oversight of which I was rarely guilty in those days.

  • This was talk that might have to be backed by a six-shooter.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • Bud is going to race Hatrack against that magpie horse grazing out there, and throw in a six-shooter if the old gent wins.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car Edward C. Taylor
  • He wore a big Colt's six-shooter on a cartridge belt about his waist.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • And as she advanced she smiled a little ostentatiously whimsical smile and touched the butt of her six-shooter.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for six-shooter

six-shooter

noun
1.
(US, informal) a revolver with six chambers Also called six-gun
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Slang definitions & phrases for six-shooter

six-hundred-pound gorilla

noun phrase

(also eight-hundred-pound gorilla or nine-hundred-pound gorilla) A powerful force; a virtually irresistible influence: She is a 600-pound gorilla. She can intimidate anybody/ likens Spielberg to an ''800-pound gorilla,'' which can be defined as a high-priced Hollywood species that makes its own decisions/ There were no obvious 900-pound gorillas like Forrest Gump or Schindler's List

[1970s+; fr a joke in which the question ''Where does a six-hundred-pound gorilla sleep?'' is answered ''Anywhere it wants'']

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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