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stun gun

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.
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
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As his eyes turned downward, Tee swung the stun-gun in an arc that ended on the back of the guard's head.

    Faithfully Yours Lou Tabakow
  • Tee whipped a stun-gun from inside his jacket and waved it at the clerk's back.

    Faithfully Yours Lou Tabakow
  • Hoddan saw him happily and publicly pick the pockets of the stun-gun's victims.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for stun-gun

stun gun

a device designed to immobilize an animal or person temporarily without inflicting serious injury
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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