double-barreled


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double-barreled

Serving a dual purpose, or having two aspects. The term alludes to the double-barreled firearm, invented to overcome the handicap of a gun that had to be reloaded after each shot. The term began to be used figuratively in the late 1700s. It is frequently attached to the noun “question,” as in, “How would you rate the dealer’s price and service,” that is, basically asking two questions at once. A surname that combines two parts, such as “Geoffrey Mott-Smith,” is called a double-barreled name. The term also has given rise to the phrase “with both barrels,” used for an assault of some kind. For example, “He’s pilfered office supplies too many times; we’ll give it to him with both barrels.”
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Boxlock actions also resulted in single triggers on double-barreled shotguns.
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But Billinge, formerly of Dragon Lane, Whiston, appeared back at Liverpool crown court yesterday and admitted possessing a 12-gauge, double-barreled shotgun on February 14 - less than a month before he was due to sentenced for killing Marko.
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Individual pieces are performed with an impressive variety of flutes, from a reproduction of an ancient Anasazi flute to a double-barreled flute with buffalo drum, to the Australian digeridoo.
Rizzini makes double-barreled game and target shotguns, which reflect "a unique blend of modern manufacturing techniques and Old World craftsmanship."
The title is hunt jargon for using a double-barreled gun to shoot two ducks in rapid succession.
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When Quicke couldn't open the safe, the intruder didn't follow through on his threat to kill Quicke, but decided to leave with the valuables that he already had: a double-barreled shotgun, some cash, medicine, and a three-pound can of loose change.