One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A toy pistol that shoots a jet of water.
- ‘He was waving a huge water pistol that was about the size of his arms around in the air.’
- ‘Anyone could be forgiven for quaking when they are staring down the barrel of a gun, but it says much about the fragile state of Scotland's nerves that the nation is quivering in front of a water pistol.’
- ‘You will, however, see something like a water pistol in action.’
- ‘When the parrot got too loud, Taylor would draw a water pistol from his desk and douse him.’
- ‘A water pistol or something less harmful would have acted as a deterrent should the cats' presence have been a problem.’
- ‘I would get up when she does it and shoot her with a water pistol.’
- ‘Shoot me with the water pistol he keeps by the side of the bed for that very reason.’
- ‘Scott thought he was playing with a water pistol when he accidentally set fire to the bed.’
- ‘Marshall was barely containing his glee as he struggled to stuff a small water pistol under his seat.’
- ‘A generous sprinkling of pepper may also provide a deterrent, and many owners swear by a harmless squirt of water from a well-aimed hose or water pistol.’
- ‘Combined with strong jaw muscles and gill covers that assist in forcefully expelling a stream of water, the mouth acts like a water pistol.’
- ‘Remembering how he shot me with water pistols, I decided that I was going to pull him in.’
- ‘Washing up for example, is far more enjoyable if you make targets out of the dinner plates and use a water pistol.’
- ‘Apparently, it is possible to race goldfish by putting them in swimming lanes and encouraging movement by squirting the water behind with a water pistol, or blowing bubbles with a straw.’
- ‘An optional accessory would be a water pistol or some equally ridiculous piece of fake weaponry.’
- ‘Perhaps the politically correct parents that forbid their children to even fire a water pistol had the right idea.’
- ‘If it was someone trying to discourage cats going into their garden, a water pistol would be more effective and more humane.’
- ‘A member of the press pack played a prank on Tom by holding out a water pistol disguised as a microphone during the walkabout.’
- ‘I'd nearly had a heart attack over a water pistol.’
- ‘Despite having installed, at his own expense, a video camera he has had two windows smashed, suffered abusive behaviour and language, and has been fired on with a water pistol.’
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