Definition of clay pigeon in English:

clay pigeon


  • A saucer-shaped piece of baked clay or other material thrown up in the air from a trap as a target for shooting.

    • ‘Most shotgun owners have never harmed anything but a clay pigeon.’
    • ‘Only around 10 centimetres in diameter, the clay pigeon is shot at with 12-bore shotguns.’
    • ‘‘My dad qualified for the Olympic team as a clay pigeon shooter a long long time ago, when he was a young man,’ she says.’
    • ‘He's even something of a whiz with a shotgun, one freak poor performance in qualifying being all that denied him what had been presumed to be a guaranteed place in the British clay pigeon team at the 1960 Olympics.’
    • ‘The event was a laser clay pigeon shoot at a holiday resort.’
    • ‘A clay pigeon shoot was also planned this autumn.’
    • ‘A young hot shot from Keighley is aiming high in his bid to join the clay pigeon shooting elite.’
    • ‘I had a go at laser clay pigeon shooting which was great fun, and surprised myself by leading at one point.’
    • ‘Since Great Britain's Olympic successes last year in Sydney, clay pigeon shooting has become one of the country's fastest growing sports.’
    • ‘For instance, a 100m sprinter will use different muscle groups and need instant bursts of strength and energy in his or her legs, while a clay pigeon shooter needs a steady hand and some upper body strength.’
    • ‘Add to this factor a flying clay pigeon that can be tossed at any height and from any direction and the games you can play are limited solely by your imagination.’
    • ‘Shooting of live pigeons in the last part of this century was banned and clay pigeon shooting was brought in.’
    • ‘Other lots included a clay pigeon shooting day for a party of up to 16 and a holiday at a time share in Portugal.’
    • ‘He was a crack shot and it was a source of amusement to him that he once won a trophy at a clay pigeon shoot which he had sponsored himself.’
    • ‘He liked a game of rugby union and was handy at a clay pigeon shoot, but after picking up the habit at Eton, his speciality was water polo.’
    • ‘For the more active there is an adjacent 18 hole golf course and other outdoor pursuits such as archery and clay pigeon shooting are possible in the grounds.’
    • ‘I pressed my thumb hard against the button, sending a bright-orange clay pigeon soaring out of the dugout into the sky.’
    • ‘On New Year's Eve, the couple could take a walk around the grounds of the 300 acre estate or join in the clay pigeon shooting challenge.’
    • ‘One was a two-day sponsored walk, the other was a clay pigeon shooting day.’
    • ‘This unrefined sugar derived from coconuts is a pain to use because it's usually found compressed into a hard disc basically indistinguishable from a clay pigeon.’


clay pigeon

/ˌklā ˈpijən/