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blun·der·buss / ˈbləndərˌbəs/ • n. hist. a short-barreled large-bored gun with a flared muzzle, used at short range. ∎ fig. an action or way of doing something regarded as lacking in subtlety and precision: economists resort too quickly to the blunderbuss of regulation.

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blunderbuss short gun with large bore. XVII. alt., by assoc. with BLUNDER, of Du. donderbus, f. donder THUNDER + bus gun (orig. box, tube).

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