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zip gun

a homemade pistol, typically consisting of a metal tube taped to a wooden stock and firing a .22-caliber bullet.
Origin of zip gun
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for zip-gun

zip gun

(US & Canadian, slang) a crude homemade pistol, esp one powered by a spring or rubber band
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Slang definitions & phrases for zip-gun

zip 2


Energy; vitality; vim; pizzazz, zing: There is a zip and a zing here/ bounced back with the real zippo

[1900+; echoic of the sound of something swishing rapidly through the air, giving an impression of force, and also of the tearing of cloth; such a use is attested fr 1875]

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