Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A light gun for shooting fowls or birds of any kind.
- n. A picture of game.
“Right: you shall see in the country, in harvest-time, pigeons, though they destroy never so much corn, the farmer dare not present the fowling-piece to them: why? because they belong to the lord of the manor; whilst your poor sparrows, that belong to the Lord of”
“There was a red light shining through the crevices of a door at one corner of the building, and a dog presently came out baying loudly, and a limping man followed with a fowling-piece.”
“I am as tall as yonder fellow, and can kill with a fowling-piece as well as any man I know.”
“Their images scarce ranged beyond the red horizon of the moor and the rainy hill-top, the shepherd and his sheep, a fowling-piece, a spade, a pipe, a dunghill, a crowing cock, the shining and the withdrawal of the sun.”
“Another of them fell in the advance; but now, inured to the noise of fire-arms, and their passions roused to fury, the survivors rushed upon Ralph, who had not time to pick up another musket, but clubbing his fowling-piece, defended himself with the butt end of it until one of his assailants got within the sweep of it and grappled him round the body.”
“I know you are a great sportsman, and oblige many of your friends: I need not tell you to make use of my grounds; but it may be necessary to hint, that I am more afraid of my fowling-piece than of my game.”
“I have got an excellent fowling-piece from Mr Lismahago, who is a keen sportsman, and we shall take the heath in all weathers. —”
“When I reflect on the immense quantity of powder and shot which I crammed down the muzzle of my uncouth fowling-piece, I am less surprised at the number of birds which I slaughtered than that I never blew my hands, face, and old honeycombed gun, it one and the same time, to pieces.”
“The grocer was dimly visible within, with an ancient fowling-piece in hand, watching its endeavours.”
“For the fowling-piece I would suggest No. 12 bore, with barrels at least four feet in length.”
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