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firebomb

[fahyuh r-bom] /ˈfaɪərˌbɒm/
noun
1.
an explosive device with incendiary effects.
verb (used with object)
2.
to attack with a firebomb or firebombs.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; fire + bomb
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Examples from the web for firebomb
  • Two university researchers, including one who was listed on the fliers, later suffered firebomb attacks at their homes.
  • There is no need to firebomb a studio over a humorous paper.
  • However, this whole thing doesn't make it right to go and firebomb the publications office.
  • There were occasional firebomb attacks on vehicles and commercial offices during the year.
  • Crosses were burned on her lawn, and a firebomb intended for her family's house destroyed that of a neighbor.
British Dictionary definitions for firebomb

firebomb

/ˈfaɪəˌbɒm/
noun
1.
another name for incendiary (sense 6)
verb
2.
(transitive) to attack with incendiary bombs
Derived Forms
firebomber, noun
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Word Origin and History for firebomb
n.

1895, from fire (n.) + bomb (n.). As a verb, from 1950 as an act of vandalism or terrorism, from 1941 as a military aviation tactic. Related: Firebombed; firebombing.

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