[Ads-l] pop a cap: big antedating

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 1 15:35:50 UTC 2015

'Fire a shot.'  Not in OED.

1893: HDAS (but 1864 "snap a cap")


You little Reb wid de red shirt - double quick into line or I'll pop a cap
at you.

"Bust a cap" is now more usual.


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