One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Denoting a repeating firearm in which a new round is brought from the magazine into the breech by a slide action in line with the barrel.‘a pump-action shotgun’
- ‘A car pulled up alongside and the gunman fired three rounds from a pump-action shotgun.’
- ‘Among them were machine-guns, submachine-guns, a machine pistol and a pump-action shotgun.’
- ‘The firearm used was a pump-action shotgun, a weapon banned in the UK for more than a decade.’
- ‘They're heavily armed, pump-action shot guns, handguns and cuffs.’
- ‘He raised his pump-action shotgun and fired - forcing her to dive back into the room.’
2Denoting an unpressurized spray dispenser for liquid that is worked by finger action rather than by internal pressure (as in an aerosol)‘a preference for pump-action sprays and roll-on applicators’
- ‘Police said the symptoms suffered by bystanders were likely to have been caused by pepper spray used by officers to restrain the man, who had fired a shot from a handgun after spraying the substance from a pump-action bottle.’
- ‘This was a kind of pump-action bleach spray that was supposed to give your hair that much sought after sun-kissed look.’
- ‘To a 1-quart pump-action spray bottle, add 1 teaspoon each mild dishwashing liquid and cooking oil, then enough water to make 1 quart; shake to mix.’
- ‘A subway station in a suburb of Washington DC was closed after the armed man released the spray from a pump-action bottle as police arrested him.’
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