grapeshot grapeshot  /ˈɡreɪp ˌʃɑt/


  • (n) a cluster of small projectiles fired together from a cannon to produce a hail of shot


  1. As other candidates pepper their rivals with grapeshot, these two preacher- politicians continue to have immunity from all but the most tepid criticism.
  2. For a majestic instant in oils, the deadly carnage by grapeshot and musketry is stilled, and the course of history is reversed by a great man.
  3. Though no Waterloo threatens Chirac, whose term lasts until 2002, the neo-Gaullist leader is taking grapeshot from all fronts.


  • Atchafalaya Voices: Tragedy on Ricohoc a remnant of old battles

    Fort Bisland had heavy activity during the Civil War and battles were fought on nearby Ricohoc. Many, many years after the war, while plowing the sugar cane fields, numerous mini-balls, grapeshot and parts of cannons were unearthed.
    on March 16, 2014     Source: The Lafayette Daily Advertiser

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  1. The First Minister of Scotland, SNP leader, Alex Salmond said: "Gordon Brown obviously looked at the polls north and south of the border, and ran away at the first whiff of grapeshot."
    on Oct 6, 2007 By: Alex Salmond Source:

  2. Despite his intervention, Mr Mandelson said he was not going to "get involved with personalities" claiming he "caught enough grapeshot" in Labour's last leadership contest in 1994 when he backed Mr Blair over Mr Brown.
    on Mar 25, 2007 By: Peter Mandelson Source: This is London

  3. "I used to be able to say, with a good deal of truth, that you could fire a cannon loaded with grapeshot into the faculty lounge of any law school in the country and not strike an originalist," Scalia says, referring to those of the view that...
    on Nov 12, 2009 By: Antonin Scalia Source: NPR

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