Definition of tear gas in English:

tear gas

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪəɡas
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • Gas that causes severe irritation to the eyes, chiefly used in riot control to force crowds to disperse: police used water cannon and tear gas against demonstrators [as modifier]: a tear-gas canister
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    • 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] Back to top  
  • Attack with tear gas: he and his crew were tear-gassed
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    • 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.

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