pepper spray

noun

Definition of pepper spray

: a temporarily disabling aerosol that is composed partly of capsicum oleoresin and causes irritation and blinding of the eyes and inflammation of the nose, throat, and skin

Examples of pepper spray in a Sentence

The police used pepper spray to bring the suspect under control.
Recent Examples on the Web At one protest Saturday evening in Mitte, German media reported that police used pepper spray to disperse a crowd unwilling to leave once the protest had ended. Fox News, 29 Aug. 2021 Officers used pepper spray on several people, saying in a statement they were left with no choice. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2021 The woman’s female friend, 20, of Shaker Heights, was also in the room and used pepper spray to get the man off his girlfriend. cleveland, 28 July 2021 Deputies used pepper spray and covered Scott’s face with a spit mask, which authorities have said fit over his head. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 June 2021 Deputies used pepper spray and covered Scott's face with a spit mask, which authorities have said fit over his head. Chron, 23 June 2021 Deputies used pepper spray and covered Scott’s face with a spit mask, which authorities have said fit over his head. NBC News, 23 June 2021 The friend used pepper spray on Torres beforeArizona Department of Public Safety troopers arrived on the scene. Michael Donohue, The Arizona Republic, 3 June 2021 When an officer first tried to take his arm, Lowe flailed about and then an officer used pepper spray on Lowe, who responded by punching the officer in the face and then took off running. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of pepper spray

1979, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2021

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“Pepper spray.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pepper%20spray. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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pepper spray

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pepper spray

: a substance made from a chemical found in peppers that causes temporary blindness and pain to the nose, throat, and skin when it is sprayed on someone

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