murdering-piece love



from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as murderer, 2.
  • noun 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."

    Black Bartlemy's Treasure

  • 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.

    The Ten Commandments


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