Meaning of “starting pistol” in the English Dictionary

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"starting pistol" in British English

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starting pistolnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈstɑː.tɪŋ ˌpɪs.təl/ us /ˈstɑːr.t̬ɪŋ ˌpɪs.təl/ also starter's pistol

a small gun that makes a loud noise instead of firing bullets and is used for starting races

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

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