1(Of a gun) having two barrels.
- He said: ‘When I looked out of the office I saw this double-barrelled gun which was being pointed quite dramatically at me.’
- Police are puzzled as to how the stock of a double-barrelled gun arrived there or how long the waterlogged part had been there.
- Upset with the surveyors, as well as with their own relatives who had sold the land in their absence, they again demanded the double-barrelled guns they were promised.
1.1Having two parts or aspects.
- The double-barrelled question is a clear instance of the transgression of this rule, but in addition there is the case of a question like.
- The stable girl said in a statement that he had suffered ‘a double-barrelled kick - both the horse's feet came off the ground’.
- All of the questions posed are double-barrelled.
2British (Of a surname) having two parts joined by a hyphen.
- He said the couple, who live in Pocklington, had considered a double-barrelled surname but decided to keep things simple.
- You know how the English like their double-barrelled surnames?
- ‘When Port Vale lost to Cardiff 3-1 last week, two players with double-barrelled surnames scored,’ says Steve.
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