Definition of stirrup pump in English:

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stirrup pump


chiefly historical
A portable hand-operated water pump with a footrest resembling a stirrup, used to extinguish small fires.
Example sentences
  • Two of us set off with buckets of water and a stirrup pump and arrived to find the fire was burning on the first floor above the recessed entrance doorway.
  • They cut two metres of thatch from around the chimney and used a stirrup pump to dowse the smouldering straw.
  • Although visitors have sometimes mistaken the ships for radio-controlled models only the German submarine, operated by a wire and stirrup pump, was actually unmanned.

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