from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A covering for protecting a gun, generally of cloth or leather: sometimes provided with a handle for carrying the gun when it is not to be used.


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  • Milly and I had read the cards which dangled from the trunk-handles and gun-case.

    Uncle Silas

  • To the left of the gun-case, an open door gave on the jail itself-three cells on each side of a short corridor, and a smell of strong lye soap drifting out.

    Wizard and Glass

  • Now they pull up at a lodge, and take on board a well-muffled-up sportsman, with his gun-case and carpet-bag, An early up-coach meets them, and the coachmen gather up their horses, and pass one another with the accustomed lift of the elbow, each team doing eleven miles an hour, with a mile to spare behind if necessary.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • "Whatever it is, Dad must have put it in the gun-case."

    Gold in the Sky

  • Crawley said something civil, and the groom touched his hat and asked what luggage he had, taking his gun-case from him as he spoke.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys

  • He thought he might find some shooting and fishing in Wales, so had brought with him a gun-case and a setter; though his pretensions to sportsmanship proved to be rather of the cockney order.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843

  • He was a great contrast to the labourer who passed us afterwards, also bound for the city -- an old and grizzled monkey-faced man, with his head tied round with a ragged red cloth gun-case.

    In the Tail of the Peacock

  • He opened a drawer of the gun-case and brought over to the fire half a dozen castings of the Buddha in various sizes.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

  • Casey, hinting at a spin in the galley, somehow reminded one of a spaniel when he sees the gun-case opened.

    A Tall Ship On Other Naval Occasions

  • The young man pulled his duffle-bag and gun-case down the steps; somebody waved a lantern; the train stirred, gained momentum, and was gone, having accomplished its immediate mission, which was to deposit a New York "dude," politician and would-be hunter, named Theodore Roosevelt, in the Bad Lands of

    Roosevelt in the Bad Lands


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