clay pigeon

noun

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 Most clay pigeon throwers have at least some sort of wired foot-pedal control. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Things to Look for in a Clay Target Thrower," 15 Nov. 2019 Alabama’s next three opponents — Texas A&M, Tennessee and Arkansas — will be clay pigeons at the shooting range. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Rock, Paper, Scissors: Who is Alabama’s best wide receiver?," 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, "Smith: Southeastern Wisconsin youth trapshooters keep busting targets and breaking records," 8 June 2019 In the summertime, Mountaintop could keep even the most energetic scouts awash in merit badges—with kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing and clay pigeon shooting, among other options. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Vacation Homes That Feel Like Summer Camp," 14 Feb. 2019 Rober built the robot by tweaking a clay pigeon thrower, creating wooden custom throwing arms and a base for stability. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-NASA Engineer Made the Perfect Rock Skipping Robot," 4 Aug. 2018 Entry fee of $22 includes a round of trap (25 clay pigeons), a box of 25 12-gauge shells, shotgun and accessories (if needed), a clinic and a safety review. baltimoresun.com, "Recreation and outdoors calendar (April 15)," 15 Apr. 2018 In the summertime, Mountaintop could keep even the most energetic scouts awash in merit badges—with kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing and clay pigeon shooting, among other options. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Vacation Homes That Feel Like Summer Camp," 14 Feb. 2019 Rober built the robot by tweaking a clay pigeon thrower, creating wooden custom throwing arms and a base for stability. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-NASA Engineer Made the Perfect Rock Skipping Robot," 4 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of clay pigeon

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Clay pigeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clay%20pigeon. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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clay pigeon

noun

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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