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  • n. Alternative spelling of touch hole.


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  • "All art comes to naught when an angel pees in your touch-hole."

    The Rules of Gunfighting

  • I was staring along the top of that barrel, between the high wheels, to where two British soldiers were standing by the breech, poking at the touch-hole, and one was saying to the other:


  • Fire But his own piece alone exploded; a slight flame flashed from the touch-hole of the others, which had been spiked by the Italian deserters, and left in reality disabled, though apparently fit for service.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Mowbray stood fixed like a pillar of stone, his arm dropped to his side, his hand still clenched on the weapon of death, reeking at the touch-hole and muzzle.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • It was decidedly a royalist cannon; it had very plainly declared the side it meant to take; nothing but miraculous interference on its own part could have prevented its having been discharged on he people, when it stood ready pointed on the town, with the torch absolutely glimmering at the touch-hole.

    La Vend�e

  • Captain Stubbard (whose jokes had missed fire too often to be satisfied with a small touch-hole now) was broadly facetious at their expense; and Johnny, returning thanks for them, surprised the good company by his manly tone, and contempt of life before beginning it.


  • And I could trust my husband to see to that; and before I touched one of them I made him put a brimstone match to the touch-hole.

    Mary Anerley

  • Minerva, who had just stopped to tie up her garter, seeing the peril of her favorite hero, sent old Boreas with his bellows, who, as the match descended to the pan, gave a blast that blew the priming from the touch-hole.

    Washington Irving

  • The friends of his father-in-law dandled him on their knees, while he played with their whiskers, and, before he was thirteen months old, taught him to suck brandy impregnated with gunpowder, through the touch-hole of a pistol.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • Velisarios permitted Lemoni to put a match to the touch-hole of his cannon, there was a mighty roar, and a glittering shower of foil fluttered down like the golden flakes of Zeus.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin


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  • "TOUCH-HOLE, the vent through which the fire communicates to the powder in the chamber of a gun." (citation in list description)

    October 9, 2008