Definitions

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  • n. shot or bits of iron used sometimes in loading cannon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Shot or bits of iron used sometimes in loading cannon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fire mitraille at.
  • n. Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.

Etymologies

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From Old French mitaille "small coins," hence "scrap iron, old iron," then "grapeshot;" originally diminutive of mite "a small coin." Also see mitrailleur.

Examples

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  • When gas in the outhouse builds high
    Its contents become like mitraille.
    If it will amuse,
    Put match to a fuse:
    Take cover and watch the shit fly.

    March 6, 2015

  • I find two pronunciations proposed for mitraille. It can be "mit try," which honors the French origin and is consistent with the more familiar mitrailleuse. Another source supports "my trail," a brutal Anglicization which might be no more than a desperate guess.

    March 6, 2015

  • see also mitrailleuse

    March 2, 2015