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Freischutz (" Free-shot"), the name of the marksman in a German legend, who makes a compact with the devil by which the latter gives him seven shots, all of which are sure to hit the mark but the seventh, the direction of which he reserves to himself. In the northern version it is a fowler who sells his soul in order that' for seven years he may be certain of his aim. The libretto of Weber's opera, Bev Freischutz, is founded on this legend.