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shotgunshot‧gun /ˈʃɒtɡʌn $ ˈʃɑːt-/ noun [countable]  PMWa long gun fired from the shoulder, that shoots many small round balls at one time, used especially for killing birds or animals The robbers were armed with sawn-off shotguns (=ones that have been made shorter, so the balls go in different directions).
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shotgunThe arsonists also buried 32 shotgun cartridges in the pitch.But the thug pulled out a shotgun, ordered the officer to lie on the ground and jumped into the car.My first reaction was to scan the angry opposition mob for shotguns, pistols, slingshots, and M-80s.Agents can also check out 12-gauge Remington shotguns.One thing that might help George is the shotgun formation.Rory fell on to his side; the shotgun roared and the rear of the couch blew open in a dusty horsehair explosion.Wallace finally deployed state troopers, who used shotguns and indiscriminate beating to suppress the blacks.sawn-off shotgunsThe family's ordeal began when the men burst into their Colchester bungalow, wearing balaclavas and brandishing sawn-off shotguns.The court heard there were four men in the gang, all wearing balaclava helmets and armed with two sawn-off shotguns.Two sawn-off shotguns were found nearby, and detectives are making an urgent appeal for information.Five raiders armed with sawn-off shotguns, rifles and machetes stole more than £10,000 from Dry, part of the Factory empire.
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