sawn-off shotgun

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sawn-off shotgun (plural sawn-off shotguns)

  1. A shotgun whose barrel(s) has been shortened to give a larger spread, though with more limited range (often for illegal purposes).
    • 2007, “Jigsaw Falling into Place”, in In Rainbows, performed by Radiohead:
      I never really got there / I just pretended that I had / Words are blunt instruments / Words are sawn-off shotguns

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