Definition of pistol shot in English:

pistol shot

noun

  • 1A shot fired from a pistol:

    ‘glass cracked with the sound of a pistol shot’
    • ‘The bow released with a sharp snap sounding like a small-calibre pistol shot.’
    • ‘‘I heard three single shots which sounded to me to be revolver or pistol shots,’ he said.’
    • ‘Pornographers will tell you that laughter in a sex scene is like a pistol shot at a concert.’
    • ‘They awaited the signal, which was to be a pistol shot.’
    • ‘After a service of remembrance, pistol shots were sounded across the grave and a canon fired a single shot.’
    • ‘Before they jumped into the getaway car and sped off, Conway snapped a pistol shot at the armored truck to vent his homicidal frustration.’
    • ‘On some nights, you can hear a pistol shot and the sound of a body falling down the stairs.’
    • ‘She remembered: ‘I ran for my life, expecting a pistol shot behind me any minute.’’
    • ‘Police said they were investigating one incident of ‘road rage’ in which a driver fired four pistol shots toward a car he claimed jumped its turn in a fuel line.’
    • ‘As he turned around to motion for them to follow, a pistol shot went off, Spencer jolted and blood started flowing from his shoulder.’
    • ‘In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.’
    • ‘That was about when the pistol shot split the air.’
    • ‘He raised his blade-wielding hand to cut me again, but the deafening sound of a pistol shot pierced the air and made us all freeze.’
    • ‘I was there, close enough to hear the three pistol shots.’
    • ‘It took just thirty-six days to go from two pistol shots to a Europe-wide war.’
    • ‘She kept it up and soon the guard shot off a pistol shot and a bundle of snow on a cliff fell atop the group.’
    • ‘That's his class picture there, back from the days he marched in the school band (he was the drum major) without firing a single pistol shot.’
    • ‘Oh fearful sound, a pistol shot crashing and reverberating across the small room.’
    • ‘After thirty years I do not know whether the Official IRA unit, arriving after the Army shooting had ceased, fired one or two pistol shots.’
    • ‘There were no villains in that small apartment in San Jose when the single pistol shot was fired that night, only victims.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun] The range of a pistol:
      ‘my object was to get within pistol shot of the buffalo’
      • ‘The site was with sight of a fortified Vietnamese army compound just a pistol shot away.’
      • ‘Surrounding my digs are acres of chaparral and scrub oak, and the closest pavement is a good pistol shot away.’