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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    The gunshot in a race?

    Could you please tell what do you call the gunshot at the beginning of a race which signals to the competitors to start?

    Thank you in advance!

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    #2

    Re: The gunshot in a race?

    Interesting question, PP.

    Never really thought about it.

    I think I'd say 'They're waiting for the gun, or the off or the crack of the starter's pistol.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: The gunshot in a race?

    ... or 'they're waiting for the starting gun'. I agree with Rover, except for the last one. We southerners never mention the noise of the gun.

    b

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    #4

    Re: The gunshot in a race?

    In the US, the actual device is called a "starter's pistol." But sports announcers will often say (in reference to the starter pistol's shot) "there's the gun and they're off!"

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