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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Mahomes has taken that trend and blasted it to smithereens with the bazooka attached to the right side of his torso. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Patrick Mahomes Is Conquering the NFL," 16 Sep. 2018 In the video's denouement, the fidget spinner bazooka is launched into a can of lighter fluid, which, unsurprisingly, causes a massive explosion and fire. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "This Guy Built a 99,000 RPM Fidget Spinner Bazooka," 9 June 2017 In Nansamba’s fields, however, bazooka has flourished. Christopher Bendana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Drought-tolerant corn offers Uganda's farmers a lifeline," 22 Dec. 2017 Moore and Lucas use it like a bazooka to kill a housefly. Joey Morona,, "Gabrielle Union's 'Bad Boys' spinoff picked up by NBC," 1 Nov. 2017 In one image, an older civilian is trained how to use a bazooka. Rachelle Krygier, Washington Post, "Venezuela’s government is turning Trump’s threats into a call to arms," 8 Sep. 2017 The bazooka, an important tactical weapon, was also tested here. John Hanc, New York Times, "A Bygone Time Captured Through the Lens of Walker Evans MARCH 15, 2016," 16 Mar. 2016 Finding errors in Dan Brown’s works is like shooting fish in a barrel, with a bazooka. David Hambling, WIRED, "Da Vinci Code Scribe Takes on Tasers, Gets Zapped," 23 Sep. 2009

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bazooka

: a military weapon that rests on a person's shoulder and fires small rockets at tanks


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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