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Gun-wad

Definitions

  • Isn't Money Enough in the Whole Family to Wad a Gun 131
    Isn't Money Enough in the Whole Family to Wad a Gun 131
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Gun-wad a wad for a gun
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. gonne, from W. gwn, a bowl, a gun, acc. to Skeat.

Usage

In literature:

Who has been cutting gun-wads?
"Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor" by R. D. Blackmore
Four millions of crowns, a woman's love, the fall of one dynasty and the rise of another, all wadded in those innocent looking gun barrels!
"The Puppet Crown" by Harold MacGrath
If that fool Dutchman had had a ball in his gun instead of a wad, Mr. Brice would have been killed.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
It was the paper that had served as wadding for the murderer's gun.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV." by Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
They use gun wads and simply play that they are rubies.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
There's not enough money in our whole family to wad a gun!
"Miss Mink's Soldier and Other Stories" by Alice Hegan Rice
Who has been cutting gun-wads?
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
But, my gun being so much the smaller and more easily handled, I had my ball down before Kit had his powder-wad rammed.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
I have brought them down with the disturbance of the air or the wad of the gun.
"Nat the Naturalist" by G. Manville Fenn
You will be using it for a cork to a jug, or to wad a gun with, the first thing your Ma knows.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
To extract the charge of wad, shot, and cartridge from the guns.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
She drew so close that some burning wads from the Spanish guns set fire to her mainsail.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Job was ramming the wad home on the charge of powder in his bow gun.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
He knew Black Moran by reputation, and he knew that unless a miracle happened his own life was not a worth a gun-wad.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
A wad of it as big as my fist gluin' down the hammer of that gun.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
Why is an eyelid like the wadding to a gun?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
Are you all ready with that gun, Mr Wad?
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
They come here with no more clothing than will wad a gun.
"On Canada's Frontier" by Julian Ralph
The sharp whistle of duck wings would be followed by the flash of my gun and the glow of burnt wadding.
"Neighbours" by Robert Stead
Been used for the wad' o' a gun!
"The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid
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In news:

What started out as a harmless promotion to make a gun range more appealing to the fairer sex has now shifted into a full-blown lawsuit because a Maryland police officer has his panties in a wad, screaming claims of "reverse sexism.".
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