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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
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  • Just as he finished them a hand-grenade came down the stove-pipe, and the explosion shivered the stove into a thousand fragments.

    Editorial Wild Oats Mark Twain
  • One night, a hand-grenade fell out of the pocket of one of the wounded.

    The New Book Of Martyrs Georges Duhamel
  • Austrian patrols attempting a surprise (p. 451) attack against some Italian troops were repulsed by hand-grenade fire.

  • He himself was wounded in the leg by the splinter of a hand-grenade.

  • The woman showed them a very old palm, with a hole in it made by a hand-grenade in the year '49.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
  • All understood the nature of a hand-grenade, which bursts like a Nihilist's bomb.

    The Last Shot Frederick Palmer
  • What was visible of the face looked as if at some period it had stopped a hand-grenade.

    The Red One Jack London
  • Had a hand-grenade with the fuse alight been dropped upon the table, the consternation could scarce have been greater.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
  • But playing around with Louis Akers is like playing with a hand-grenade, Edith.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But what Quinn's lacked in artillery duels, it more than made up for with its hand-grenade fights.

    New Zealanders at Gallipoli Major Fred Waite
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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Word Origin and History for hand-grenade

1660s, from hand (n.) + grenade, which at that time referred to any explosive missile.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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