• noun a ball that fails to rise normally after pitching and comes rapidly on to the bat; shooters were a regular feature of the game until playing surfaces began to improve in the second half of the 19th century
    Citation ‘Not a great many years ago Lord’s used to be celebrated for shooters, owing to its rough condition’ (Badminton 1888)


  • noun a gun. Neither a colourful nor particularly imaginative piece of slang, but the only term with any real currency, as opposed to the inventions of crime fiction.