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 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 Investors don't expect much in the way of policy announcements after last month's monetary bazooka, when Draghi pushed interest rates further into negative territory and relaunched the bank's bond-buying program. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Earnings season has clear winners (Tesla) and losers (Nokia)," 24 Oct. 2019 Yet 800 miles to the west, Wisconsinites are still looking down the barrel of a bazooka. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "New York Dodged an Amazon Bullet. Wisconsin Still Faces a Bazooka.," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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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 26 Feb. 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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