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hand grenade

a grenade or explosive shell that is thrown by hand and exploded either by impact or by means of a fuze.
a grenade or glass missile containing a chemical, for extinguishing fire.
Origin of hand grenade
1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for hand grenade
  • But the best way to catch fish was to throw a hand grenade in the water and go collect the dead fish.
  • One policeman is reported to have been lightly wounded by a hand grenade.
  • Another represented a hand grenade, rifle and rocket launcher.
  • They were shot at a few times, a hand grenade came into the house, and a gun disappeared.
  • Someone who is killed by a hand grenade is a casualty.
  • He blew himself up with a hand grenade rather than being taken alive.
  • Inside were two typed pages of highly detailed directions, a hand grenade pin, and a bullet.
  • He laid on a hand grenade ready to pull the pin if they came to him.
  • The movie's advertising art includes a clever, apt image: a hand grenade with an engagement ring as its pin.
  • The debt limit is not necessary, or good for the economy, and is now a political hand grenade.
British Dictionary definitions for hand grenade

hand grenade

a small metal or plastic canister containing explosives, usually activated by a short fuse and used in close combat
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