Definitions

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  • n. A mixture of shot, nails, stones, pieces of old iron, etc., fired from a cannon at short range, in an emergency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A mixture of shot, nails, stones, pieces of old iron, etc., fired from a cannon at short range, in an emergency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Small shot, nails, stones, pieces of old iron, etc., put into cases, to be discharged from a cannon at short range; an emergency shot.

Etymologies

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Either from annoying the enemy like a burrel fly, or, less probably, from French bourreler to sting, torture.

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