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Rifle vs. Shotgun

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Riflenoun

A long firearm firing a single projectile, usually with a rifled barrel to improve accuracy.

Shotgunnoun

(firearms) A gun which fires loads typically consisting of small metal balls, called shot, from a cartridge.

Riflenoun

A strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes.

Shotgunnoun

(slang) The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver; so called because the position of the shotgun-armed guard on a horse-drawn stage-coach, wagon train, or gold transport was next to the driver on a forward-mounted bench seat.

‘I call shotgun! (I claim the right to sit in the passenger seat.)’;

Rifleverb

To search with intent to steal; to ransack, pillage or plunder.

Shotgunnoun

A one-story dwelling with no hallways or corridors, with the rooms arranged in a straight line.

‘Elvis Presley was born in a two-bedroom shotgun in Tupelo, Mississippi.’;

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Rifleverb

To scan many items (especially papers) in a set, quickly. (See also riffle[http://verbmall.blogspot.com/2008/05/riffle-or-rifle.html])

‘She made a mess when she rifled through the stack of papers, looking for the title document.’;

Shotgunnoun

(American football) A play formation in which the quarterback is a few feet behind the snapper when the ball is hiked, ideally allowing for an easier pass play.

Rifleverb

To add a spiral to the interior of a gun bore to make a fired bullet spin in flight to improve range and accuracy.

Shotgunnoun

Relating to shotguns, either in a present or past sense: e.g. shotgun cartridges, shotgun seat.

Rifleverb

To strike something with great power.

Shotgunnoun

Relating to the threat of force or dubious means: e.g. shotgun wedding, shotgun diplomacy.

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Rifleverb

(intransitive) To commit robbery.

Shotgunnoun

Relating to the use of numerous, diverse or indiscriminate means to achieve a particular result: e.g. shotgun marketing, a shotgun approach.

Rifleverb

(transitive) To strip of goods; to rob; to pillage.

Shotgunverb

To inhale from a pipe or other smoking device, followed shortly by an exhalation into someone else’s mouth.

Rifleverb

To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off.

Shotgunverb

To verbally lay claim to (something)

‘I got a day off because I shotgunned it.’;

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Rifleverb

To raffle.

Shotgunverb

To hit the ball directly back at the pitcher.

Rifleverb

To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off.

‘Till time shall rifle every youthful grace.’;

Shotgunverb

To rapidly drink a beverage from a can by making a hole in the bottom of the can, placing the hole above one's mouth, and opening the top.

Rifleverb

To strip; to rob; to pillage.

‘Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about ye:If not, we'll make you sit and rifle you.’;

Shotgunverb

To send out many (requests, answers to a question, etc), especially in the hope that one obtains a positive result (i.e. reveals useful information, is correct, etc), in the manner of a shotgun firing many balls of shot such that one may hit a target.

Rifleverb

To raffle.

Shotgunnoun

A light, smooth-bored gun, often double-barreled, especially designed for firing small shot at short range, and killing small game.

Rifleverb

To raffle.

Shotgunnoun

firearm that is a double-barreled smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges

Rifleverb

To commit robbery.

Shotgunnoun

a smooth-bore gun for firing small shot at short range.

Rifleverb

To grove; to channel; especially, to groove internally with spiral channels; as, to rifle a gun barrel or a cannon.

Shotgunnoun

the front passenger seat in a vehicle

‘I took the shotgun seat’;

Rifleverb

To whet with a rifle. See Rifle, n., 3.

Shotgunnoun

used to claim the right to sit in the front passenger seat of a vehicle on a particular journey

‘‘Shotgun!’ she yelled and tossed the keys to Veronica’;

Riflenoun

A gun, the inside of whose barrel is grooved with spiral channels, thus giving the ball a rotary motion and insuring greater accuracy of fire. As a military firearm it has superseded the musket.

Shotgunadjective

aimed at a wide range of things; having no specific target

‘many companies use the shotgun approach, aiming advertising at the widest possible audience’;

Riflenoun

A body of soldiers armed with rifles.

Shotgunadjective

denoting a long, narrow single-storey house whose rooms are arranged one behind another

‘his family lived in a shotgun shack in South Memphis’;

Riflenoun

A strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes.

Shotgunverb

shoot at or kill with a shotgun

‘he had been shotgunned by drug dealers’;

Riflenoun

a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore;

‘he lifted the rifle to his shoulder and fired’;

Shotgunverb

consume (a canned drink) in one go by puncturing the can, putting one’s mouth over the resulting hole, and then opening the can by means of the ring pull to produce a rapid flow

‘a group of us shotgunned beers’;

Rifleverb

steal goods; take as spoils;

‘During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners’;

Shotgun

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun, or historically as a fowling piece) is a long-barreled firearm designed to shoot a straight-walled cartridge known as a shotshell, which usually discharges numerous small pellet-like spherical sub-projectiles called shot, or sometimes a single solid projectile called a slug. Shotguns are most commonly smoothbore firearms, meaning that their gun barrels have no rifling on the inner wall, but rifled barrels for shooting slugs (slug barrels) are also available.

Rifleverb

go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way;

‘Who rifled through my desk drawers?’;

Riflenoun

a gun, especially one fired from shoulder level, having a long spirally grooved barrel intended to make a bullet spin and thereby have greater accuracy over a long distance

‘a hunting rifle’;

Riflenoun

troops armed with rifles

‘the Burma Rifles’;

Rifleverb

make spiral grooves in (a gun or its barrel or bore) to make a bullet spin and thereby have greater accuracy over a long distance

‘a line of replacement rifled barrels’;

Rifleverb

hit or kick (a ball) hard and straight

‘Ferguson rifled home his fourth goal of the season’;

Rifleverb

search through something in a hurried way in order to find or steal something

‘she rifled through the cassette tapes’; ‘she rifled the house for money’;

Rifleverb

steal

‘he rifled the dead man's possessions’;

Rifle

A rifle is a long-barrelled firearm designed for accurate shooting, with a barrel that has a helical pattern of grooves (rifling) cut into the bore wall. In keeping with their focus on accuracy, rifles are typically designed to be held with both hands and braced firmly against the shooter's shoulder via a buttstock for stability during shooting.

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