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1    a short-barrelled handgun  
2    hold a pistol to a person's head   to threaten a person in order to force him to do what one wants  
      vb   , -tols, -tolling, -tolled  
     (U.S.)   , -tols, -toling, -toled  
3    tr   to shoot with a pistol  
     (C16: from French pistole, from German, from Czech pist'ala pistol, pipe; related to Russian pischal shepherd's pipes)  

horse pistol  
      n   a large holstered pistol formerly carried by horsemen  
pistol grip  
a    a handle shaped like the butt of a pistol  
b    (as modifier)  
a pistol-grip camera     
      vb   , -whips, -whipping, -whipped   tr     (U.S.)   to beat or strike with a pistol barrel  
water pistol  
      n   a toy pistol that squirts a stream of water or other liquid,   (Also called (U.S.))    water gun  
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