Molotov cocktail

Molotov cocktail

noun
a crude incendiary grenade consisting of a bottle filled with a flammable liquid and a wick that is ignited before throwing: used originally for setting fire to enemy tanks during the Spanish Civil War.

Origin:
1935–40; named after V. M. Molotov

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Molotov cocktail (ˈmɒləˌtɒf)
 
n
an elementary incendiary weapon, usually a bottle of petrol with a short-delay fuse or wick; petrol bomb
 
[C20: named after V. M. Molotov]

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Molotov cocktail
1940, from Russo-Finnish War (used and satirically named by the Finns), from Molotov (from Rus. molot "hammer") name taken by Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Skriabin (1890-1986), Soviet minister of foreign affairs 1939-1949.
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Molotov cocktail [(mol-uh-tawf, mol-uh-tawv)]

An incendiary bomb made from a breakable container, such as a bottle, filled with flammable liquid and provided with a rag wick. Used by the Soviets against the invading German armies in World War II, these bombs were nicknamed after V. M. Molotov, a foreign minister of the Soviet Union at that time.

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