- 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
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Examples from the Web for hand-grenade
"Pouches," perhaps a survival of the days of the hand-grenade.Poems of American History
One night, a hand-grenade fell out of the pocket of one of the wounded.The New Book Of Martyrs
What was visible of the face looked as if at some period it had stopped a hand-grenade.The Red One
He himself was wounded in the leg by the splinter of a hand-grenade.History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain.
William H. Prescott
But playing around with Louis Akers is like playing with a hand-grenade, Edith.A Poor Wise Man
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- a small metal or plastic canister containing explosives, usually activated by a short fuse and used in close combat
Word Origin and History for hand-grenade
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