Definition of small-bore in English:



  • 1Denoting a firearm with a narrow bore, in international and Olympic shooting generally .22 inch calibre (5.6 millimetre bore).

    • ‘Country pursuits on offer include sheep-racing, woodcarving with chainsaws, small-bore rifle-shooting, wool-spinning, bee demonstrations, candle-making and ferret-racing.’
    • ‘He established his own company, specializing in small-bore pistols plus the occasional rifle, and has been busy ever since.’
    • ‘The ground-breaking Mle 1886 Lebel introduced the French 8x51 mmR cartridge, the first small-bore, smokeless-powder cartridge adopted by any army in the world.’
    • ‘For the past 40 years, these guns have completely dominated the Olympic Games and other international small-bore rifle competition.’
    • ‘If you compare cylinder-head airflow on a small-bore test fixture and on a large-bore fixture, the bigger bore will almost invariably improve airflow due to less valve shrouding.’
    • ‘The.32 Mag. cartridge fits the Bisley to a ‘T’, making it the ultimate in small-bore single actions.’
    • ‘After all, it happened for small-bore shooting, so why not for an activity in which competitors go in off the 10-metre board and, after impact, report terrible stinging and reddening in the buttock region?’
    • ‘On top of these were flower displays, fishing and small-bore rifle shooting, not to mention rows and rows of trade and craft stalls and, of course, plenty to eat and drink.’
    • ‘In time, I predict it will dominate small-bore rifle and handgun competition if it is permitted under the rules of the game.’
    • ‘The Kingston team is being organised by the Surbiton Postal Club and any small-bore shooters who would like to be considered for the team should call the club secretary.’
    • ‘In fact, it's a marathon and many sprints, not to mention numerous bike rides, a whole bunch of weightlifting, a batch of hockey matches, several days of small-bore shooting and some canoe slalom.’
    • ‘As a left-handed shooter, I have often encouraged several arms manufacturers to produce small-bore, left-hand bolt actions, not surprisingly, with little success.’
    • ‘He is part of a team of four competing in the small-bore .22 rifle and .177 air rifle events.’
    • ‘Young women were abjuring the joys of small-bore shooting on TV.’
    • ‘Lt. Col. Rubin's contribution was the design of a small-bore cartridge featuring a jacketed, lead core bullet.’
    • ‘Something approaching despair overcomes you when a solemn debate over the health of British society is sparked by the failure to achieve a bronze in small-bore shooting.’
    • ‘Now, for the first time, handgun manufacturers began offering hot, small-bore centerfire cartridges for small game and varmints.’
    • ‘It is the venue for regular summer competitions, for different classes of weapons, including small-bore rifles.’
    • ‘A longtime standard loading for this 19 th-century small-bore cartridge has been a 115 gr. gas checked bullet over 5.0 grs. of Unique for right at 1,000 fps from a Colt Single Action Army or replica.’
    • ‘The police reported D.K., also aged 16, was showing a small-bore pistol to his classmate and pressed the trigger inadvertently.’
    1. 1.1North American informal Trivial; unimportant.
      ‘small-bore economic issues’
      • ‘Or was his presidency just a series of transient, small-bore initiatives overshadowed by his impeachment?’
      • ‘The company said that most new investment has gone into trucks, mining equipment, and other small-bore improvements.’
      • ‘He's using small-bore measures aimed at protecting selected industries.’
      • ‘He became the maestro of the Clinton small-bore policy proposals (school uniforms, etc.) that greased his re-election in 1996.’
      • ‘That's so delightfully brazen - and small-bore, given that the kid is gonna drive 1,500 miles across the country - that I think I might actually donate 10 bucks.’
      • ‘And so I do think there's some risk, if he seems to be moving toward things that are popular and small-bore, as opposed to being more visionary, because he did have a very kind of big-picture plan that he laid out last year in the campaign.’
      • ‘The painstaking, even ritualistic nature of making big things in a small-bore way is not new to Webster, who once shaped 6 cubic yards of compost into a perfect cone with a paintbrush.’
      • ‘Surprisingly, after his cannonade of criticism, Kramer's book offers only small-bore recommendations, ‘modest’ by his own admission.’
      • ‘They were somewhat contemptuous of the small-bore, mayoral approach of the Clinton administration in his second term.’
      • ‘There's been no sign at all that he's interested in the long, hard slog of ‘economic reform, trade, exchange programs, legal and educational advances, and hundreds of such small-bore efforts.’’
      • ‘It is possible that over time the accumulation of small-bore changes will yield a force that deserves to be characterized as transformed.’
      • ‘I committed what Catholics call a ‘venial sin,’ a small-bore, not-too-important, micro-sin.’
      unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, minor, of little account, of no account, of little consequence, of no consequence, of little importance, of no importance, not worth bothering about, not worth mentioning
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