from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as murderer, 2.
- n. plural Bits of old iron, nails, etc., with which a gun was loaded to sweep the decks of an enemy's ship. Also murdering-shot.
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"Aye, Captain, I sailed with Captain Myddleton as gunner and will lay you a gun with any man from a murdering-piece or minion to a great culverin."
He is not like a hasty creditor, who requires the debt, and gives no time for payment; he shoots off his warning-piece, that he may not shoot off his murdering-piece.