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Shot Window

(A) - i.e. shot-out or projecting window, and not, as Ritson explains the word, a “window which opens and shuts.” Similarly, a projecting part of a building is called an out-shot. The aperture to give light to a dark staircase is called a “shot window.”

“Mysie flew to the shot window. ... `St. Mary! Sweet lady, here come two well-mounted gallants.' ” —Sir W. Scott: The Monastery, chaps. xiv. and xxviii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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