stink bomb


Definition of stink bomb

: a small bomb charged usually with chemicals that gives off a foul odor on bursting

Examples of stink bomb in a Sentence

Someone set off a stink bomb at the school.
Recent Examples on the Web All very innocent — moving lawn furniture a block down the street, soaping windows, leaving stink bombs on porches (homemade, nonchemical, nonexplosive types) and moving outhouses. John Kelly, Washington Post, "We celebrate Halloween. But old-timers remember Beggar’s Night on Oct. 30.," 30 Oct. 2019 In handing Biden his first victory, Democratic primary voters also tossed a stink bomb to billionaire Mike Bloomberg. Gary Langer, ABC News, "Personal popularity, large black electorate throw Biden a lifeline in South Carolina: ANALYSIS," 29 Feb. 2020 The Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad—whose husband was a lumber magnate and Nazi collaborator—had to sing in Philadelphia in 1947 amid stink bombs and protest signs. The Economist, "The classical musicians who were enlisted in the cold war," 12 Dec. 2019 Ku Klux Klansmen distributed hate tracts outside, and stink bombs planted inside the arena sent many in the crowd to the exits. Cindy George, Houston Chronicle, "Martin Luther King Jr.’s death left Houston shocked but resolved for change," 4 Apr. 2018 Stinkers, SouthPark Center: On March 9, police were dispatched to SouthPark Mall after an employee discovered some juveniles were setting off stink bombs in a store. John Benson,, "Loud woman wearing jumpsuit kicked out of Salvation Army: Strongsville Police Blotter," 15 Mar. 2018 Crowds also protested in front of theaters, and even inside them, terrorizing audiences by releasing snakes, mice and stink bombs. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "This Hollywood Titan Foresaw the Horrors of Nazi Germany," 17 Jan. 2017 Just days before Democrats face what many consider a must-win race for governor of Virginia, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee has thrown a stink bomb at her party. NBC News, "Meet the Press - November 5, 2017," 5 Nov. 2017 Compared to that stink bomb, Spicer’s turn was comic gold. Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic, "Accountability Is for Non-Celebrities," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of stink bomb

1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Stink bomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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stink bomb


English Language Learners Definition of stink bomb

: a small device that produces a very bad smell when it is broken, burned, etc.

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