from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A popgun formed from the barrel of a quill; also, generally, a popgun.
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The choicest present you can make him is a Tool; be it knife or pen-gun, for construction or for destruction; either way it is for Work, for Change.
And this mad quean, after cracking like a pen-gun, and skirling like a pea-hen for the haill night, behoves just to hae hadden her tongue when her clavers might have dune some gude!
Black Dwarf, and sic-like, if ye'll ware a half mutchkin upon Bauldie there, he'll crack t'ye like a pen-gun.
We had drank sax mutchkins to the making the bargain at St. Boswell's fair, and some gate we canna gree upon the particulars preecesely, for as muckle time as we took about it --- I doubt we draw to a plea --- But hear ye, neighbour, '' addressing my worthy and learned patron, ` ` if ye want to hear onything about lang or short sheep, I will be back here to my kail against ane o'clock; or if ye want ony auld warld stories about the Black Dwarf, and siclike, if ye'll ware a half-mutchkin upon Bauldie there, he'll crack t'ye like a pen-gun.