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vkhu
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:28:33 PM
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"[...] our patron’s guns are on board the boat; can you not get a little powder and shot? It may be we may kill some alcamies (a fowl like our curlews) for ourselves, for I know he keeps the gunner’s stores in the ship."

Original text: Robinson Crusoe

I have the feeling this is an idiom of some sort, but can't find it any where. Is there any special meaning to it? Since this is a small boat, used recreationally, I doubt it would mean a literal store that sell guns
NancyUK
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:30:23 PM

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Hi vkhu

I think it's just the powder (gunpowder) and shot (pellets).

Gunner
2. (Military) navy (formerly) a warrant officer responsible for the training of gun crews, their performance in action, and accounting for ammunition

Stores
Supplies, especially of food, clothing, or arms.

Powder
A dry explosive mixture, such as gunpowder.

Shot, pl shot
A solid projectile designed to be discharged from a firearm or cannon.
Pl Such projectiles, especially when fired in clusters, considered as a group.
Pl Tiny lead or steel pellets, especially ones used in a shotgun cartridge.
One of these pellets.

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NKM
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:37:22 PM

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A "store" can be a supply of something, or the place where the supply is stored.

- "Our food stores are in the kitchen, but I have a separate store of chocolate hidden away."

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:11:21 PM

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Yes - the place which sells things is a shop.
The place where things are stored is a store.

Simple! Anxious Whistle


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