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Molotov cocktail

a crude incendiary grenade consisting of a bottle filled with a flammable liquid and a wick that is ignited before throwing: used originally for setting fire to enemy tanks during the Spanish Civil War.
Origin of Molotov cocktail
1935-40; named after V. M. Molotov Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for molotov-cocktail

Molotov cocktail

an elementary incendiary weapon, usually a bottle of petrol with a short-delay fuse or wick; petrol bomb
Word Origin
C20: named after V. M. Molotov
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Word Origin and History for molotov-cocktail

Molotov cocktail


1940, a term from Russo-Finnish War (used and satirically named by the Finns), from Molotov (from Russian molot "hammer") name taken by Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Skriabin (1890-1986), Soviet minister of foreign affairs 1939-1949.

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Molotov cocktail [(mol-uh-tawf, mol-uh-tawv)]

An incendiary bomb made from a breakable container, such as a bottle, filled with flammable liquid and provided with a rag wick. Used by the Soviets against the invading German armies in World War II, these bombs were nicknamed after V. M. Molotov, a foreign minister of the Soviet Union at that time.

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Slang definitions & phrases for molotov-cocktail



A haircut in which the side hair is shaved off, leaving a brushlike line of hair down the middle of the scalp: like this guy that comes into Mattie's all the time with a Mohawk/all make a good Mohawk

[1970s+; fr its fancied resemblance to the hairstyle of Mohawk Indian males; the style was much affected by the punk rockers]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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