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stun gun

noun
1.
a battery-powered, hand-held weapon that fires an electric charge when held against a person and activated by a trigger or button, used, especially by police, to immobilize a person briefly and without injury.
2.
any of various hand-held weapons that shoot small pellet-filled bags, tranquilizer darts, darts attached to electric wires, or the like to immobilize a person or animal briefly and without injury.
Origin of stun gun
1965-1970
1965-70
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  • Houston took a deep breath, drew his stun gun, and headed for the stairway.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • He rapped sharply on the door with the butt of his stun gun.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • For the first time Raf noticed that his human companion now held one of the knives of the merpeople, and he drew his stun gun.

    Star Born Andre Norton
  • Knock him out with a stun gun and then pump him full of comatol.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • Once more the party was alert, ready for trouble, and taking his cue from them, he kept his stun gun in his hand.

    Star Born Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for stun gun

stun gun

noun
1.
a device designed to immobilize an animal or person temporarily without inflicting serious injury
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