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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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  • Even the thought of throwing a hand grenade terrified Penny.

    Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt
  • It's but the heaving of a hand grenade, and they strike their colours.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There were mining, sapping, hand grenade sections, sections for mine throwing and illuminating pistols.

  • "A hand grenade, Senor," he said in wholly unnatural levity.

  • Just as the Mills hand grenade has become the standard, so has the Mills rifle grenade attained that pre-eminence.

    Military Instructors Manual James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
  • There were only three of them, two with guns, one with a hand grenade.

    Pythias Frederik Pohl
  • Harry Hawke had already drawn the pin and lobbed a hand grenade neatly through the crevice.

  • I spotted the little fellow with the hand grenade and tackled him.

    Pythias Frederik Pohl
  • They dashed into the first line of German trenches and cleared them out with the bayonet and 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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