noun Military.
a tube-shaped, portable rocket launcher that fires a rocket capable of penetrating several inches of armor plate, as of a tank or other armored military vehicle.

1930–35, Americanism; from its resemblance to a musical instrument so named, invented and played by comedian Bob Burns in the 1930s and 1940s Unabridged
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bazooka (bəˈzuːkə)
a portable tubular rocket-launcher that fires a projectile capable of piercing armour: used by infantrymen as a short-range antitank weapon
[C20: named after a pipe instrument invented by Bob Burns (1896--1956), American comedian]

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Word Origin & History

"metal tube rocket launcher," 1942, from name of a junkyard musical instrument used (c.1935) as a prop by U.S. comedian Bob Burns (1896-1956); extension of bazoo, slang for "mouth" or "boastful talk" (1877), probably from Du. bazuin "trumpet."
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People that are starving and want what you have don't care if you have a bazooka.
It was almost as if you'd given a prisoner in a locked cell a cupcake and then found he'd suddenly acquired a bazooka.
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