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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
First recorded in 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It's but the heaving of a hand grenade, and they strike their colours.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "A hand grenade, Senor," he said in wholly unnatural levity.

  • A hand grenade was used by them which our boys called potato-mashers.

    The Fight for the Argonne

    William Benjamin West
  • There were only three of them, two with guns, one with a hand grenade.

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

    Pythias Frederik Pohl
  • I may go over the top some fine day and drop in on you like a hand grenade.

    Tom Slade at Black Lake Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • The pirates were dumb as if he had tossed a hand grenade among them.

    Heralds of Empire

    Agnes C. Laut
  • An American sailor had crawled along the yardarm of the Richard to the mast of the Serapis and had dropped a hand grenade.

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

    Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt
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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