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Free-shot

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Free-shot (Ger. Freischütz) the name given to a legendary hunter and marksman who gets a number of bullets (Freikugeln) from the devil, six of which always hit the mark, while the seventh is at the disposal of the devil himself
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. freo; Ger. frei, Ice. frí.

Usage

In literature:

Out in space, free of the atmosphere, Arcot shot out to the point where the Thessians were congregating.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
Scarcely were they under when his free arm shot out and flung itself round a fresh bough which floated level with the water.
"A Mating in the Wilds" by Ottwell Binns
But he was no longer free to range the fields of the mind and take shots at the arts as they rose.
"On the Stairs" by Henry B. Fuller
They're going to set you free and I am to be tried and shot, it may be.
"A Little Traitor to the South" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Free of the drag, it shot forth like an arrow from a bow, and soon began to crawl up to Peter Slade's turnout.
"The Rover Boys on the Farm" by Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
His hand shot out and gripped her arm, but she wrenched herself free.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
And I think he could have cut his way free had not Tric-Trac shot him in the back of the head.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
Two seconds after that is pulled the lifeboat is shot free.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
And, suddenly, as though set free, the flames shot up in angry spirals.
"The Frontier" by Maurice LeBlanc
He got his arms free, his hands shot up, and his thumbs sought the inner corners of Rainey's eyes.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
Simultaneously my free hand shot out for the black throat, just within reach, and the ebony finger tightened on the trigger.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
And then a thrill shot through him as he knew his right hand was free.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
She shot away like an arrow released from a bow as her brakes eased free.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
I called my shots again, as free and easy as though I'd been doing it for years.
"Cue for Quiet" by Thomas L. Sherred
It is the only shot fired at the fall of the Free Republic of Brunswick.
"The New Germany" by George Young
Shall I call in the guard, have you arrested, and shot at sunrise, or shall I let you go free?
"The Kidnapped President" by Guy Boothby
He preserved, was a good shot, and free with his invitations to the less-happily situated.
"Maid of the Mist" by John Oxenham
He threw one arm half up as if to ward off the shot and pitched forward, face down in the dust, free from all pain and strife.
"Hopalong Cassidy" by Clarence E. Mulford
The Austrians at Vlotho had called Rupert "shot free", and so he seemed now to Puritan and Cavalier.
"Rupert Prince Palatine" by Eva Scott
Shivering, therefore, at the shock, she shook herself free, and shot off into the open.
"The Great Airship." by F. S. Brereton
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In poetry:

The free wind strains our pinions of gray sail.
Low slips the sombre shore toward the blue.
The sun-shot lighthouse windows glint and fail.
Our rounded topsails dip their long adieu.
"Adieu" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Here's health to Frank Gardiner who's closely confined
Also young Jack Vane who is free from his time,
And I'll go to the bush and fare on this wealth,
And then I'll preserve the last shot for myself.
"Ben Hall" by Anonymous Oceania
I. Dead ! One of them shot by the sea in the east,
And one of them shot in the west by the sea.
Dead ! both my boys ! When you sit at the feast
And are wanting a great song for Italy free,
Let none look at me !
"Mother and Poet" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Hah! say ye that I've falsely spoken,
Calling you slaves?—Then prove ye're not;
Work a free press!—ye'll see it broken;
Stand to defend it!—ye'll be shot.—
O yes! but people should not dare
Print what "the brotherhood" won't bear!
"The Tocsin" by John Pierpont

In news:

Arizona State and Wisconsin shot a combined 60.8 percent from the free-throw line against Arkansas last weekend in Las Vegas.
He made seven of 10 shots and all eight of his free throws.
Children and youths ages 4-18 can receive free flu shots during the month of December, thanks to the generosity of Google CEO Larry Page, his wife Lucy and their Page Family Foundation.
Children and youths ages 4-18 can receive free flu shots during the month of December, thanks to the generosity of Google CEO Larry Page, his wife Lucy and their Page Family Foundation .
The Timberwolves shot less than 40 percent for much of the game, but made 30 of 37 from the free throw line.
Maybe I'm just jealous that these guys have the skill (and a ton of free time) to pull off these shots.
"The violence-free stretch spanned 36 hours, starting Sunday evening when a man was shot in the head and lasted until Tuesday morning with another shooting," CNN reports.
With its free throws and shots bouncing off the rim, the University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team had to make sure the same thing happened to Urbana University.
In a game Wednesday between the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets, referee Courtney Kirkland ran at Nets forward Kris Humphries as he was about to take a free throw and attempted to block his shot.
A trio of records fell in individual events, while Vlad Morozov shot down the 100 free mark as Russia's relay leadoff.
View full size Free flu shots will be available for those who qualify.
Zack Miller took the conservative path Thursday and fired a bogey-free 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after the initial round of the Knoxville News Sentinel Open.
Morrison made 10 of 17 shots, including two 3-pointers, and went 14 of 16 from the free throw line for the Golden Eagles (21-5, 13-1 Summit League).
Center has been struggling to get shots, and his free-throw shooting has been awful, but he says team will find a groove.
Where to get free to low cost flu shots.
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In science:

Here we demonstrate a 44% improvement in displacement sensitivity of a prototype GW detector with suspended quasi-free mirrors at frequencies where the sensitivity is shot-noise-limited, by injection of a squeezed state of light [1, 2, 3].
A Quantum-Enhanced Prototype Gravitational-Wave Detector
So we can assume w traces a leaf-free graph of rank m and at most δ t edges. A reduced word w ∈ J which traces every edge at least twice, also traverses any topological edge at least twice, each time in one shot (without backtracking).
Expansion of Random Graphs: New Proofs, New Results
Second, since a single-shot measurement of a qubit state is often difficult, the standard QEC can be replaced by measurement-free QEC, in which the measurement and correction are substituted by a quantum controlled operation (e.g. the Toffoli gate).
Simple quantum error detection and correction for superconducting qubits
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