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spring gun

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spring gun a gun that is set to fire on any intruder that comes in contact with the wire that sets it off
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spring gun a firearm discharged by a spring, when this is trodden upon or is otherwise moved.
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Quotations

  • James Russell Lowell
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    “It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.”

Usage

In literature:

Then, springing to the gun, he thrust in the empty case, slammed the breech shut, and pressed the key.
"A Chinese Command" by Harry Collingwood
They had selected a musket with a large bore, and they proposed using this as a sort of spring-gun.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Springing up he seized Malcolm's gun and hurried to the door.
"The Story of Nelson" by W.H.G. Kingston
The midshipman gave a spring and fell over near Owen, who was at that moment supplying his gun with powder.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston
A spring-gun had been placed behind the door, doubtless by Lord Dunmore's orders.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Possibly the Aleut understood some of this, for all at once he made a sudden spring and caught at his gun.
"The Young Alaskans" by Emerson Hough
The hunters uncocked their guns, and, springing from their ambush, rushed forward to the bank.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He sees a Frenchman fall at the instant, springs forward, seizes his gun, returns to his tree, and renews the fight.
"Harper's Young People, October 19, 1880" by Various
Just as he was about to spring over the fence, the gun was fired and he fell forward.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
There is a spring on the hammer of a gun.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
The gun came out on a spring as he touched it.
"Let'em Breathe Space" by Lester del Rey
I dare say he wouldn't funk a spring-gun on his own account, but he may not want his children to be hurt.
"The Immortal Moment" by May Sinclair
Then he heard the clack, clack, clack of Rumi spring guns.
"Narakan Rifles, About Face!" by Jan Smith
Shorty made the Spring air yellow with profanity{116} until he saw Si ride away from his gun toward the other horse.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
Spring-guns and steel-traps in this garden.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
When that failed he remembered the spring-gun.
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
The cocking lever is attached to both a coiled spring in the handle of the gun and an extension of the blade.
"Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology" by Audrey Davis
All these circumstances went to prove that the animal had been killed by a spring gun.
"The Arab's Pledge" by Edward L. Mitford
After putting down our guns, we again met at the spring, and shook hands.
"History of the Early Settlement of the Juniata Valley" by U. J. (Uriah James) Jones
All at once the gun play began again, sharp, quick, from the spring, from the sheds.
"Langford of the Three Bars" by Kate Boyles
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In poetry:

So, if conflict vex his life
Where he thought all conflict done,
He, resuming ancient strife,
Springs his mine or trains his gun;
And, in mirth more dread than wrath,
Wipes the nuisance from his path!
"The Expert" by Rudyard Kipling
The guns spell money's ultimate reason
In letters of lead on the spring hillside.
But the boy lying dead under the olive trees
Was too young and too silly
To have been notable to their important eye.
He was a better target for a kiss.
"Ultima Ratio Regum" by Stephen Spender

In news:

Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Republican Paul Ryan is criticizing President Barack Obama for a remark the Democrat made four years ago about voters clinging to guns and religion.
Corey used an air impact gun and socket to remove the factory rear coil spring .
Big Spring Independent School District officials were busily dousing rumors about a high school student bringing a gun to school this morning.
If you were a gun-control supporter last spring, life was sweet.
All of the gun's parts, right down to the screws and springs, are made of walnut or oak.
Shooting for a gun range in Spring Valley.
SPRING VALLEY — The developers of a gun range in the city of Spring Valley are shooting for opening their doors by the end of next spring.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. An attempt to show a friend how safe his gun was has left a Navy SEAL on life support, according to San Diego police.
Student detained after gun goes off in Spring Woods classroom .
Student arrested after gun discharges in Spring Woods High School classroom .
Since the University of Colorado's Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses began segregating dorms for students with valid concealed-carry permits this year, not a single student has asked to live where guns are allowed.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Colorado Springs police are investigating after a man robbed a 7- Eleven store with a gun Sunday morning.
Dassel Rod & Gun Club Spring Fish Fry 15 Apr 12.
The Dassel Rod & Gun Club (70560 229th Street) will serve its Spring Fish Fry on Friday, April 20th, at Sportsman's Park on Lake Washington.
Soil tillage is ahead of schedule and spring planting should proceed as planned, though nobody is planning to jump the gun.
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