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rifle

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Weapons
rifleri‧fle1 /ˈraɪfəl/ ●●○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 PMWa long gun which you hold up to your shoulder to shootpistol
Examples from the Corpus
rifleFifteen-year-old Nicola Child was blasted with an air rifle in a cruel prank.I fired one magazine of an M16 rifle.There was an ornate rifle mounted on the wall behind him.I reached for our rifles but they had been removed.The rucksack and the rifle I had been carrying since yesterday evening seemed like a ton weight.The guide picked up the rifle, shot and castrated him, and made off.The Knutes smiled, their rifles in hand.The world overflows with these rifles and their banana clips.
riflerifle2 (also rifle through) verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 LOOK FORto search a place or container quickly because you are looking for something, especially something to steal 🔊 Sally rifled through her wardrobe looking for a dress. 🔊 The killer had rifled his wallet and stolen £200.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
rifleFisher rifled a pass to Dreher for an easy layup.There is no evidence that the rifling and thievery of the files ever occurred.Immigrants slump on their luggage, soldiers point rifles at Scorsese, and the horse urinates for the fourth time.The robbers rifled the cash register and fled with $188 in cash.The Lieutenant's servant rifled the dead man's possessions.He rifled through a filing cabinet in search of the memo.While you're away sipping sangria on a sun-soaked beach, some intruder may be rifling your unguarded home.
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Verb table
rifle
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyrifle
he, she, itrifles
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyrifled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave rifled
he, she, ithas rifled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad rifled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill rifle
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have rifled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam rifling
he, she, itis rifling
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you, we, theyare rifling
Past
I, he, she, itwas rifling
you, we, theywere rifling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been rifling
he, she, ithas been rifling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been rifling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be rifling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been rifling
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