Definition of slingshot
1 : a forked stick with an elastic band attached for shooting small stones
2a : a maneuver in auto racing in which a drafting car accelerates past the car in front by taking advantage of reserve powerb : a dragster in which the driver sits behind the rear wheels
Recent Examples of slingshot from the Web
Some protesters are also resorting to violence, relying on slingshots and Molotov cocktails to fight back.
Each turn was like being in a Hot Wheels car just released from a slingshot on a toy track.
A Malaysian man earned almost 3,000 ringgit (US$790) and the title of best rat catcher by killing 1,175 of the rodents in three months with a slingshot.
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First Known Use of slingshot
SLINGSHOT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of slingshot for English Language Learners
: a Y-shaped stick with an elastic band attached to it that is used for shooting small stones
SLINGSHOT Defined for Kids
Definition of slingshot for Students
: a forked stick with an elastic band attached for shooting small stones
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