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1‘this mollusc can squirt a cloud of purple ink into the water’
spurt, shoot, spray, spritz, fountain, jet, erupt
gush, pour, stream, rush, pump, surge, spew
spill, flow, course, well, spring, burst, issue, emanate
disgorge, discharge, emit, belch forth, expel, eject
British informal sloosh
2‘she squirted me with scent’
splash, wet, spray, shower, spatter, bespatter, splatter, sprinkle
Scottish Irish informal slabber
1‘a squirt of water’
spurt, jet, spray, spritz, fountain, gush, stream, surge, flow
2‘a little squirt called Ollie Bogwhistle sneaked on me’
impudent person, insignificant person, gnat, insect
British nerd, johnny, squit, whippersnapper, git, plonker
North American bozo, picayune, pisher, snip, smart mouth
archaic malapert, quean
North American vulgar slang pissant
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