ba·​zoo·​ka | \ bə-ˈzü-kə How to pronounce bazooka (audio) \

Definition of bazooka

: a light portable antitank weapon consisting of an open-breech smoothbore firing tube that launches an armor-piercing rocket and is fired from the shoulder

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Recent Examples on the Web Beijing needs to bring out the big policy bazooka to stabilize the sector—before it’s too late. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 28 July 2022 To beat back runaway inflation, Fed chairman Jerome Powell signaled the central bank will not put the bazooka away any time soon. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 16 June 2022 Lee wine guard had one big shell in his bazooka, in his battle to beat Democrat. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 19 May 2022 If the peak-inflation theory holds true, that would likely mean the Federal Reserve, already embarking on an agressively hawkish policy of ratcheting up interest rates, wouldn't have to bring out the bazooka to keep prices from rising even further. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 11 May 2022 The next night, shrapnel from a German bazooka came through an open window and hit Mills above his right eye. al, 24 Apr. 2022 The bigger bazooka is what previous chairmen have fired when inflation was this high. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 How does a machine differentiate an adult from a child, a fighter with a bazooka from a civilian with a broom, a hostile combatant from a wounded or surrendering soldier? New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 But, in the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic, many countries opted for the bazooka. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bazooka

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bazooka

after bazooka, a brass instrument popularized by the radio comedian Bob Burns during the 1930's, probably extended form of bazoo "kazoo," of imitative origin

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ba·​zoo·​ka | \ bə-ˈzü-kə How to pronounce bazooka (audio) \

Kids Definition of bazooka

: a portable gun that rests on a person's shoulder and consists of a tube open at both ends that shoots an explosive rocket

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