Definition of starting pistol in English:

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starting pistol

Pronunciation: /stärdiNG ˈpistl/

noun

A pistol used to give the signal for the start of a race.
Example sentences
  • Motson, for instance, will now almost certainly be rethinking the wisdom of his decision to fire the starting pistol for the main race.
  • And as soon as the starting pistol was fired readers raced to the telephone and email to put me in the picture.
  • Police were today investigating after an Olympic starting pistol was thrown over a wall into Chelmsford Prison.

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Syllabification: start·ing pis·tol

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