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1A pipe used for carrying gas.
2Slang. A gun of inferior quality. Frequently attributive, as "gaspipe gun", "gaspipe rifle", etc. Now historical.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts. From gas + pipe.
gas pipe/ˈɡas ˌpʌɪp/
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