clay pigeon


Definition of clay pigeon

: a saucer-shaped target usually made of baked clay or limestone and pitch and thrown from a trap in skeet and trapshooting

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Recent Examples on the Web Other activities include game and clay pigeon shooting, swimming in the outdoor pool, tennis and croquet and sightseeing Edinburgh an hour away. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Christine is the clay pigeon shooter in our partnership. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2021 There are also cooking lessons with the estate’s chef, truffle hunting excursions, clay pigeon shooting and hiking and cycling trails. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Aerial target drones are affordably built, and used as a type of robotic clay pigeon for and anti-air missiles. Kelsey D. Atherton, Popular Science, 24 Feb. 2021 Aerial targets are tougher, but not too difficult, and something that breaks when hit—a clay pigeon for example—is ideal. Ted Trueblood, Field & Stream, 14 Nov. 2020 Most clay pigeon throwers have at least some sort of wired foot-pedal control. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 15 Nov. 2019 Alabama’s next three opponents — Texas A&M, Tennessee and Arkansas — will be clay pigeons at the shooting range. Joseph Goodman |, al, 29 Sep. 2019 More than 50,000 shots were fired at clay pigeons over the two days, said Pat Gerbensky, Waukesha Gun Club manager. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of clay pigeon

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clay pigeon was in 1888

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11 Jun 2021

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“Clay pigeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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clay pigeon


English Language Learners Definition of clay pigeon

: a circular object made of baked clay that people throw into the air and shoot at to practice their shooting skills


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