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smoke wagon (plural smoke wagons)

  1. (US, slang, archaic) A handgun, especially a revolver.
    • 1926, Nicholas Klein, "Hobo Lingo," American Speech, vol. 1, no. 12, pp. 650-653:
      The following list of hobo words, presented in glossary form, was collected by me during twenty years of experience with hobo cases in my profession of attorney-at-law. . . . Smoke wagon—pistol.
    • 1950, C. Merton Babcock, "The Vocabulary of Social Life on the American Frontier," Western Folklore, vol. 9, no. 2, p. 138:
      Familiar epithets for the revolver were equalizer, shootin' iron . . . smoke wagon.
    • 1993, Kevin Jarre, Tombstone (film script):
      Wyatt (Kurt Russell): Go ahead. Skin it. Skin that smoke wagon and see what happens. . . . I'm getting tired of your gas. Jerk that pistol and go to work.