Annie Oakley


An·​nie Oak·​ley ˌa-nē-ˈō-klē How to pronounce Annie Oakley (audio)
plural Annie Oakleys
: a free ticket

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Phoebe Anne Oakley Moses (1860-1926) starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, where she astonished the crowds with feats of marksmanship such as shooting the spots out of playing cards. It wasn't long until her audience noticed that the shot-out card looked like a ticket that had been punched by a train conductor. By 1910, the name "Annie Oakley" was not only synonymous with sharp-shooting but with the ticket-playing card connection, and complimentary tickets have been "Annie Oakleys" ever since.

Examples of Annie Oakley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Uncovering the woman behind the legend Two years ago, for reasons lost to history, I was compared to Annie Oakley by one of my colleagues. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 3 Mar. 2024 Kelly’s beloved dog, an elderly, Pomeranian-long haired Chihuahua mix named Annie Oakley, bounded down the carpeted staircase and wriggled across the linoleum kitchen floor, wagging her tail for attention. Lea Skene, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2023 Its famed lever action fought the American Civil War and many other battles long before the Winchester became a favorite of the likes of Buffalo Bill, sharpshooter Annie Oakley, and even President Teddy Roosevelt. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, 19 Dec. 2022 How Ronald Reagan took on the Soviet Union, the mystery of Cleopatra, the Marx Brothers’ secret weapon and more. Ms. Enss has previously written biographies of Annie Oakley and other women of the Old West. Jeanine Basinger, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2022 For Halloween 2020, McLoughlin showed off his own Annie Oakley in this delightful snap. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2022 Viard cited a variety of references for this season’s haute-couture clothes, from an Inès de la Fressange image from 1988 to Fred Astaire and Annie Oakley, which comes the closest to explaining both the cowboy boots and hats that stopped short of feeling like the Wild West. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 July 2022 Unless Annie Oakley is one of them (probably a substitute for Doc Holliday), not many of our teachers are familiar with weapons. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 June 2022 The snow swept Ohio plains of Annie Oakley’s youth. Christopher Borrelli,, 29 Dec. 2021

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Word History


Annie Oakley †1926 American markswoman; from the resemblance of a punched pass to a playing card with bullet holes through the spots

First Known Use

circa 1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Annie Oakley was circa 1910


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“Annie Oakley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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