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[siks-shoo-ter, -shoo-] /ˈsɪksˈʃu tər, -ˌʃu-/
a revolver from which six shots can be fired without reloading.
Origin of six-shooter
1835-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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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
  • It was a long way to Washington, and a short way to a six-shooter.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • He went to her swiftly, and taking the six-shooter gently from her hand laid it upon the ground.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
    Caroline Lockhart
  • He returned into the room, and unlocking his portmanteau, took out a six-shooter.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • 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.

  • "Nevertheless, I'll take a chance," he said to himself, returning his six-shooter to its holster.

    Americans All Various
  • 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
  • As the ponies flash by, Moore's six-shooter barks three times.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • 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


(US, informal) a revolver with six chambers Also called six-gun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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