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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for hand-grenade
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  • "Pouches," perhaps a survival of the days of the hand-grenade.

  • One night, a hand-grenade fell out of the pocket of one of the wounded.

    The New Book Of Martyrs Georges Duhamel
  • What was visible of the face looked as if at some period it had stopped a hand-grenade.

    The Red One Jack London
  • He himself was wounded in the leg by the splinter of a hand-grenade.

  • But playing around with Louis Akers is like playing with a hand-grenade, Edith.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • All understood the nature of a hand-grenade, which bursts like a Nihilist's bomb.

    The Last Shot

    Frederick Palmer
  • Almost with the words he lighted a hand-grenade which he carried in his arms, and threw it toward O'Brien.

    The First Capture Harry Castlemon
  • 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
  • After this period I never carried out any further instruction in the hand-grenade.

    Q.6.a and Other places Francis Buckley
  • Now, at an opportune moment, a hand-grenade fell among a pile of cartridges strung out on the deck of the Serapis.

    The Story of John Paul Jones

    Chelsea Curtis Fraser
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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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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