\ ˈsmȯl-ˌbȯr How to pronounce small-bore (audio) \

Definition of small-bore

1a of a firearm : having a small or relatively small bore especially : having a caliber of .22 inches a small-bore rifle
b : of, relating to, or involving the use of small-bore firearms small-bore ammunition a small-bore shooting competition
2 : small in influence, importance, or scope small-bore issues We can—and should—expand the safety net and put aside money for housing for the poor, but we also need to stop thinking about small-bore solutions.— Hank Kalet … an anecdote painting him as a small-bore expense-account swindler.— Russell Baker Liberty is a huge breeze of a word, and in the confines of our small-bore politics, it sounds almost archaic.— Jack Hitt

First Known Use of small-bore

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Small-bore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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