pepper spray


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

Other counterprotesters can be seen striking the bus, throwing punches and blasting pepper spray inside the bus and at its occupants. oregonlive, "Key protest witness nowhere near bus during Portland hammer attack, lawyer says," 12 Sep. 2019 At least two students were treated at the school for exposure to pepper spray. Rebecca Lurye,, "School safety supervisor uses unauthorized pepper spray to disperse fight at Hartford high school," 10 Sep. 2019 The teenager was taken to Rush Oak Park Hospital, where she was treated for exposure to pepper spray, police said. Steve Schering,, "Police: Oak Park teenager pepper-sprayed, carjacked near West Cook YMCA," 3 Sep. 2019 As documented by The Advocate, video from the event appears to show police in full riot gear and an officer pepper spraying those there to oppose the brief march that featured several messages of support for President Donald Trump. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Straight Pride Parade Was a Reminder that Queer Liberation Must Be Anti-Racist," 3 Sep. 2019 Then, riot police charged into a car and hit four people with batons before dousing them in pepper spray. Austin Ramzy,, "Hong Kong official says ‘elements of terror’ pervade antigovernment protests," 2 Sep. 2019 Another officer pepper sprayed Melbourne and he was handcuffed, the affidavit shows. Tess Sheets,, "Orange jail officer resigned amid investigation into punching handcuffed inmate, review shows," 29 July 2019 Before the morning ceremony, protesters trying to force their way to the square were driven back by officers with plastic shields and batons, the retreating protesters pointing open umbrellas to ward off pepper spray. Ken Moritsugu, Anchorage Daily News, "Hong Kong police clear protesters who occupied legislative building on handover anniversary," 1 July 2019 Most of the protesters left the airport Tuesday after officers armed with pepper spray and swinging batons tried to enter the terminal, fighting with demonstrators who barricaded entrances with luggage carts. Author: Vincent Thian, Yanan Wang, Anchorage Daily News, "Flights restart at Hong Kong airport as protesters apologize," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pepper spray

1979, in the meaning defined above

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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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