\ ˈflash-ˌbaŋ How to pronounce flash-bang (audio) \
variants: or flash-bang grenade or flash grenade
plural flash-bangs or flash-bang grenades or flash grenades

Definition of flash-bang

: an explosive device that produces a blinding flash of light and a sudden, loud noise intended to temporarily stun, distract, and disperse people and that is thrown by hand or projected Flash-bangs have become a popular but controversial diversionary tactic used by SWAT teams. The devices give officers key seconds to make tactical moves and are especially useful in hostage situations.— Michael S. Rosenwald When armed motorcades arrive at the entrance, Marines toss flash-bang grenades to clear the crowd.— Gregg Zoroya Late in the afternoon, officers fired about a dozen flash grenades at the suspect. The loud, bright projectiles seemed to disorient him, and officers were able to rush in and take him into custody.— Jenna Lyons and Peter Fimrite

called also stun grenade

First Known Use of flash-bang

1954, in the meaning defined above

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“Flash-bang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash-bang. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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