- to subject to tear gas.
Origin of tear-gas
First recorded in 1945–50
- a gas that makes the eyes smart and water, thus producing a temporary blindness, used in modern warfare, to quell riots, etc.
Origin of tear gas
First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for tear-gas
I still recall the burning in my eyes from the tear-gas pellets of anti-riot police.Whoever Did This Does Not Understand Boston
April 17, 2013
Rather than risk losing anybody else, the cops employed “burners”—tear-gas canisters—that had an incendiary effect.Det. Jeremiah MacKay: Proud New Father Killed in Christopher Dorner Shootout
February 14, 2013
The United States of America has far better things than tear-gas canisters and fast food to export abroad.Fire In Cairo: A View From the Arab Street
John Kael Weston
September 20, 2012
Eid was separated from most of her friends and blinded by tear-gas.Egypt's Women Rally Behind Lara Logan
February 16, 2011
Disconcerted by the attack of tear-gas, the green men broke and fled.The Heads of Apex
Calhoun was familiar enough with tear-gas, used by police on some planets.Pariah Planet
To add to the strangeness of the situation, there was a strong scent of tear-gas in the air, which made my eyes water.The Great War As I Saw It
Frederick George Scott
One afternoon on the Somme our battery received a severe strafe from 59's and tear-gas shells.
The "tear-gas" shell were marked with a "T" by the Germans and were known as "T-shell."Inventions of the Great War
A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
- 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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- A gas that causes irritation of the eyes and profuse tearing.
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