flame·throw·er | \ˈflām-ˌthrō-ər \

Definition of flamethrower 

1 : a device that expels from a nozzle a burning stream of liquid or semiliquid fuel under pressure

2 : a pitcher who throws hard : a fastball pitcher

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The items are part of the $200 billion round of import taxes that broadened trade hostilities that began July 6 with a U.S. list targeting $34 billion in trade including flamethrowers, fetal bovine serum and blood. Dave Mccombs And Andrew Hobbs, chicagotribune.com, "Badger hair, bull semen, MSG among products on Trump's China tariff list," 11 July 2018 Fans are involved in the fundraising here, too, snapping up 50,000 Boring Co. hats ($20 each) and 20,000 flamethrowers ($500). Dana Hull, Bloomberg.com, "Tesla Doesn’t Burn Fuel, It Burns Cash," 30 Apr. 2018 There's nothing to prevent Musk from selling his flamethrowers the way other companies already are: by simply avoiding sending them to areas where they are regulated. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Is Actually Selling Flamethrowers," 29 Jan. 2018 Not much got in the way of Elon Musk fans determined to win bragging rights for picking up one of the first 1,000 flamethrowers sold by the billionaire’s Boring Co. Sarah Mcbride, Bloomberg.com, "Boring Co. Flamethrower Party Heats Up Elon Musk Fans," 10 June 2018 When Musk mentioned the flamethrower during the presentation, the crowd broke into applause. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Why Can’t Investors Just Let Elon Musk Have Fun?," 18 May 2018 But the tool is very much a flamethrower, and Musk has already sold 20,000 of them. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Firefighters Aren't Happy About Elon Musk's 'Not a Flamethrower'," 13 June 2018 Spencer Kornhaber: Samurais, tigers, and flamethrowers, oh my! Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld: Ride the Tiger," 6 May 2018 Elon Musk has delivered on another promise: providing his fans with flamethrowers in exchange for $500. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: The Big Dig," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of flamethrower

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of flamethrower

: a weapon that shoots a stream of burning liquid

baseball : a pitcher who throws the ball very fast : a fastball pitcher


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Kids Definition of flamethrower

: a weapon that shoots a burning stream of fuel

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