from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of squirter or syringe used as a toy by boys.


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  •  The dinosaurs around his room — models, statues, pictures, posters, fossils, little plastic toys and even a squirt-gun — seemed to sympathize mutely with his suffering, but they could not feel his pain.

    Another Metamorphosis: A Moral Tale about Obsession

  • Friend of mine reports that one of the few intelligent things her mother did for her She had one of those relationships. was to give her a squirt-gun to kill the evil, child-eating radiators that would try to get her in her sleep.

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  • At least we won't have to deploy the squirt-gun on neighborhood cats around the chickadee nest . . .

    jhetley: Raining

  • Who wants to have to empty the electronics before starting a squirt-gun war on a hot July day?

    Pockets..more or less...

  • America's second oldest theme park has 67 rides, dozens of squirt-gun games and mobs of kids waving countless gobs of cotton candy.

    A Summer Place

  • There are 67 rides, dozens of squirt-gun games and mobs of kids waving countless gobs of cotton candy.

    The Boys (And Girls) Of Summer

  • The little girl in the neighborhood never forgave me that our SHAZAM movie fell through, though in highschool I organized a game of "Killer" (everyone assigned a squirt-gun target) that ran for weeks and caused much havoc.

    Greasemonkeying with Reality

  • She rattled the wooden blinds, pulled books off shelves, and played “gravity experiments” paw-patting breakables off the mantel — all to invite games of squirt-gun tag.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Loving Our Cats

  • Maryland, Mr. Stein notes, lost "every border dispute in which it engaged," but its reward was the striking contour of a squirt-gun -- a snub-nosed model, thanks to the Potomac River.

    Borders Defined, 50 Times

  • In the right-front seat was a serious-looking chap with a little Beretta squirt-gun.

    The Sum of all Fears


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