Definition of tear gas in English:

Share this entry

tear gas

Pronunciation: /ˈtir ˌɡas/

noun

Gas that causes severe irritation to the eyes, chiefly used in riot control to force crowds to disperse.
Example sentences
  • The security forces countered with tear gas and water cannons to try to disperse the crowd.
  • Police wielded batons and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse crowds and take control of the streets.
  • At least five people suffered minor injuries in the unrest as riot police fired tear gas into the crowd.

verb

(tear-gas) [with object] (usually be tear-gassed)
Attack with tear gas.
Example sentences
  • Military soldiers arrived and tear-gassed the protesting farmers.
  • Like us, they were tear-gassed; today we know that tear gas is carcinogenic and teratrogenic.
  • They tear-gassed the offices and harassed reporters.
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.