Meaning of “blunderbuss” in the English Dictionary

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"blunderbuss" in English

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blunderbussnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈblʌn.də.bʌs/ us /ˈblʌn.dɚ.bʌs/

Examples from literature

  • All the time he talked with us, and told us of the skirmishing ahead, he kept waving that large blunderbuss in our faces. 
  • He bought a blunderbuss, two pair of pistols, and a huge house-dog. 
  • In this situation he was fired upon with a blunderbuss loaded heavily with ball and grape shot. 
  • The captain, highly incensed, instantly descended the companion-way to the cabin, and shortly after appeared with a blunderbuss, which he proceeded to prime. 
  • The road north of this is getting rather a bad reputation, and in going out of Barnet the guard now looks to his blunderbuss, and the passengers get their pistols ready. 

(Definition of “blunderbuss” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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