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  • v. To load cannons with twice the shot, for increased damage at the expense of range.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To load, as a cannon, with double the usual weight of shot, for the purpose of increasing the destructive power. This practice is not employed with the heavier and more perfect guns of the present day.


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  • Except at Starbucks, where I have many times made the mistake of ordering a double-shot vanilla latte, even though I know I can't trust myself on caffeine.

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  • I'm guessing "Amy Freeman, 46-year-old mother of three," is either a figment of Gurdon's imagination or a close friend who shared a double-shot grande vanilla latte and a similar conservative philosophy in Starbucks one morning, concluding that Gurdon could and should sound the call to those who would go to the Wall Street Journal for guidance in selecting Young Adult literature.

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  • Today's menu — two half-empty Starbucks double-shot espresso cans, Lucky Charms soaking in half-and-half of a questionable age, Klonopin burger and Cool Ranch Doritos.

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  • Last night, the pickings were majorly meager, for sure, as ABC served up a prime time NBA game-day episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, while NBC gave us a double-shot of competition with the launch of America's Got Talent and the last battle round on The Voice.

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  • You could just as easily prescribe a double-shot of Tequila as a “remedy” for bashing your thumb with a hammer.

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  • It's New York plus London plus Tokyo with a double-shot of caffeine, a kind of dealmakers 'paradise where the overriding goal of practically everyone you meet is to make money, and the principal subject of most conversations is how to wheel and deal and make some more.

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  • Some time back, over at Horrors of It All, Karswell posted a double-shot of circus horror with "Kill, Clown, Kill!" and "Laugh, Clown, Laugh!"

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  • The change of energy struck me hardest when they hit us with a double-shot of Summerteeth: "Via Chicago" immediately followed by a blistering "Shot in the Arm."

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  • Rebecca did her best to work through her bout of self-pity with a Pilates class and a double-shot energy drink.

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  • Presently domestically, anyway, we're getting a terrific double-shot of Jeff, in Tron: Legacy and True Grit -- a very unlikely sequel and a very unlikely adaptation, respectively.

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