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.
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How to use Molotov cocktail in a sentence
A Molotov cocktail tumbled in an arc overhead and erupted briefly in a blaze.
One landlord even paid somebody to hurl a Molotov cocktail into an apartment just to smoke out tenants and jack up rents.
I knew immediately that the chemistry was a Molotov cocktail.Lee Daniels on ‘The Butler,’ Working with Oprah, Trayvon Martin, and Race in America | Marlow Stern | August 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
While Davis was campaigning for that most recent election, her office was attacked with a Molotov cocktail.Wendy Davis: The State Senator Who Killed the Texas Abortion Bill | Brandy Zadrozny | June 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Local media had been reporting that the arsonist was using some kind of Molotov cocktail to smash through the car windows.
I could have made a Molotov cocktail by filling it with gas and using the rag for a fuse.The Flying Stingaree | Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for Molotov cocktail
an elementary incendiary weapon, usually a bottle of petrol with a short-delay fuse or wick; petrol bomb
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Cultural definitions for Molotov cocktail
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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