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tear gas

[ teer ]
/ tɪər /
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noun
a gas that makes the eyes smart and water, thus producing a temporary blindness, used in modern warfare, to quell riots, etc.
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Origin of tear gas

First recorded in 1915–20

Other definitions for tear gas (2 of 2)

tear-gas
[ teer-gas ]
/ ˈtɪərˌgæs /

verb (used with object), tear-gassed, tear-gas·sing.
to subject to tear gas.

Origin of tear-gas

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for tear gas

tear gas
/ (tɪə) /

noun
any one of a number of gases or vapours that make the eyes smart and water, causing temporary blindness; usually dispersed from grenades and used in warfare and to control riotsAlso called: lacrimator
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