powder burn


noun

a skin burn caused by exploding gunpowder.

Nearby words

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  2. poway,
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  4. powder blue,
  5. powder boy,
  6. powder charge,
  7. powder chest,
  8. powder compact,
  9. powder down,
  10. powder flag

Origin of powder burn

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

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British Dictionary definitions for powder burn

powder burn

noun

a superficial burn of the skin caused by a momentary intense explosion, esp of gunpowder
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