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1A shot fired from a musket; the shot or ammunition used in muskets.
2The range of a musket, often used as a rough measure of distance.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Angell Day (fl. 1563–1595), stationer and writer. From musket + shot.
musket shot/ˈmʌskɪt ʃɒt/
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