stink bomb


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

Example Sentences

Someone set off a stink bomb at the school.
Recent Examples on the Web Da Silva, who is commonly referred to as Lula, was seen also wearing a vest during an event in Rio de Janeiro, the same city where a homemade stink bomb was launched into a large crowd of his supporters back in July. Camilo Rocha, CNN, 2 Oct. 2022 It’s like a little political-linguistic stink bomb. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 13 July 2022 Other locations were vandalized and one had to shut down for two days after a stink bomb went off, according to Swiss media reports. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Nov. 2021 The pranks devolve from there as Tiffany sets of a stink bomb in Kary and Brandi's room, so Kary responds by… dumping salsa all over everyone else's beds? Mary Sollosi,, 17 Apr. 2021 Or maybe his me-first attitude will be a stink bomb in the clubhouse. Globe Staff,, 20 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 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, 12 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stink bomb was in 1915

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“Stink bomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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