hand grenade

noun
  1. a grenade or explosive shell that is thrown by hand and exploded either by impact or by means of a fuze.
  2. a grenade or glass missile containing a chemical, for extinguishing fire.

Origin of hand grenade

First recorded in 1655–65
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hand grenade

noun
  1. 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
n.

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

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