One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An airgun firing capsules of paint, used in the game of paintball.
- ‘When you were in the gauntlet, you actually used paint guns instead of real bullets or blanks because it was easier to calculate the hits on you and the hits you placed.’
- ‘It was only with a paint gun but it really hurt and now I have a huge welt on my cheek.’
- ‘I didn't wait for someone else on their team to respond, I cut in ‘I'm under heavy fire (pulling the trigger on my unloaded paint gun so they could hear convincing pops of compressed air) I'm by the big log.’’
- 1.1 A gun-shaped tool for applying paint.
- ‘Spray-paint guns typically work best when held perpendicular to the surface being sprayed, at a distance of 6-10 inches; check the recommendations for your gun.’
- ‘The children, not named by North Yorkshire Police, are thought to have got hold of a chemical solvent used to clean paint guns.’
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