from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pistol designed to be carried in the pocket.
  • n. A small liquor-flask, arranged with a screw-stopper, or in other ways safely closed, and often fitted with a cup; a small traveling-flask.


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  • A drunken trooper of the Royal Guards, Francis Gordon by name, had chased five or six of the skulking Whigs, among whom was our friend David; and after he had compelled them to stand, and was in the act of brawling with them, one of their number fired a pocket-pistol, and shot him dead.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • “He,” (Francis Gordon) “got a shot in his head out of a pocket-pistol, rather fit for diverting a boy than killing such a furious, mad, brisk man, which notwithstanding killed him dead!”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • He got a shot in his head out of a pocket-pistol, rather fit for diverting a boy than killing such a furious, mad, brisk man, which, notwithstanding, killed him dead.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • At this moment the thrilling cry, ‘Man overboard!’ announced to the astonished crew that Boozey, in stepping back, as the captain (in mere thoughtfulness) laid his hand upon the faithful pocket-pistol which he wore in his belt, had lost his balance, and was struggling with the foaming tide.

    A Holiday Romance

  • Not getting it, he privately withdrew his haughty spirit from such low company, bought a second-hand pocket-pistol, folded up some sandwiches in a paper bag, made a bottle of Spanish liquorice-water, and entered on a career of valour.

    A Holiday Romance

  • His ‘pocket-pistol’ i.e. the bottle, failing in the patriotic work of ridding the country of a nuisance, he resolves to ‘extinguish his chunk’ by feeding his carcass to the fishes of Bear Creek, while friend and foe are wrapt in sleep.

    Mark Twain

  • The bewildered Swede staggered with the blow, and the wary Peter seizing a pocket-pistol, which lay hard by, discharged it full at the head of the reeling Risingh.

    Washington Irving

  • In course of lecture CAMERON produces sort of pocket-pistol; explains it's the thing you work the electric call with.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, April 4, 1891

  • "Move that boy at your peril;" and he clapped his hand upon his silver-mounted pocket-pistol.

    Strange Visitors

  • Barton drew a pocket-pistol, with a pair of which he was provided, and threatened to shoot him, unless he kept quiet.

    The Island Home


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