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petrol bomb

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Definition of petrol bomb in English:

noun

British
A crude bomb consisting of a bottle containing petrol and an improvised cloth wick that is ignited just before the bottle is thrown at the target.
Example sentences
  • The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed he was not the person caught a dozen times on police videos throwing missiles and a petrol bomb.
  • A quick-acting police officer managed to put out a fire after a petrol bomb was thrown through a shop window.
  • A few minutes later police were alerted to an incident at nearby Quickthorn Place in which a petrol bomb was thrown at a house but failed to ignite.

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