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 After the Fed unloaded its bazooka on markets late Sunday, investors are looking for more help from the U.S. government, according to Brian Nick, chief investment strategist at Nuveen. Damian J. Troise, Anchorage Daily News, "Dow dives 2,999 points on fears virus will cause recession," 16 Mar. 2020 Standing 6-6, Eason is a mammoth of a quarterback who boasts a bazooka for a right arm. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts draft Washington QB Jacob Eason in fourth round," 25 Apr. 2020 Actor Stu Riley enjoyed throwing his weight around as the bodyguard to Mintz-Plasse's Chris D'Amico, and ultimately bringing out the bazooka in the climax. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, ""No Studio Would Touch It:" The Big Gamble Behind 'Kick-Ass'," 16 Apr. 2020 In one scene, rambunctious teenagers use a captured bazooka to fire potatoes and onions into the sky; in another, a young man sits amid the rubble of an apartment apparently shelled by government forces and performs a comic routine. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "‘The Uprising,’ a Masterpiece of iPhone Cinema," 1 Apr. 2020 Economists have talked a lot in recent weeks about the need to pull out the economic bazooka to fight this battle. Julia Chatterley For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Congress must act now to prevent an even worse economic crisis," 24 Mar. 2020 The latest turn against fast-growing but possibly unsustainable young companies isn’t only about the specific struggles of WeWork and Uber or SoftBank’s bazooka of startup cash. Washington Post, "Silicon Valley Is a Born-Again Believer in Profits," 7 Nov. 2019 But during the next 24 hours, Private Currey wielded his M-1 rifle, a bazooka, a Browning automatic rifle, two types of machine guns and an assortment of grenades to knock out several German tanks and rescue wounded Americans. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Francis Currey, Who at 19 Was a Hero in Battle, Dies at 94," 9 Oct. 2019 But during the next 24 hours, Mr. Currey wielded his M1 rifle, a bazooka, a Browning automatic rifle, two types of machine guns, and an assortment of grenades to knock out several German tanks and rescue wounded Americans., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 11 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of bazooka was in 1943

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“Bazooka.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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