teargas

verb
tear·​gas | \ ˈtir-ˌgas How to pronounce teargas (audio) \
teargassed; teargassing; teargases

Definition of teargas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to use tear gas on

tear gas

noun

Definition of tear gas (Entry 2 of 2)

: a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance that on dispersion in the atmosphere irritates mucous membranes resulting especially in blinding of the eyes with tears and is used chiefly in dispelling mobs

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Defying a police ban, protests pushed on in Hong Kong this past weekend, as some demonstrators hurled Molotov cocktails and bricks, while police fired tear gas and water cannons. Chris Fuchs, NBC News, "Activist Joshua Wong brings Hong Kong fight to U.S. with upcoming congressional testimony," 16 Sep. 2019 Police set up barriers at the entrance of the police station and later fired tear gas and rubber bullets to ward off the crowd, many of whom wore masks and used umbrellas to shield themselves. Kin Cheung, BostonGlobe.com, "Protests flare in Hong Kong despite bill’s withdrawal," 6 Sep. 2019 Police set up barriers at the entrance of the police station, and later fired tear gas and rubber bullets to ward off the crowd. Kin Cheung, chicagotribune.com, "Protests continue in Hong Kong despite government’s promise to kill a proposed law that sparked months of demonstrations," 6 Sep. 2019 Police set up barriers at the entrance of the police station, and later fired tear gas and rubber bullets to ward off the crowd. Washington Post, "Protests continue in Hong Kong despite bill’s withdrawal," 6 Sep. 2019 In recent weeks, police have drastically stepped up their use of force, including beating citizens indiscriminately in a subway station, and firing tear gas and rubber bullets in an indoor space, against regulations. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The hated extradition bill will finally be gone but Hong Kong’s protests will keep going," 4 Sep. 2019 The protests escalated on Monday after demonstrators objected to police tactics — including firing tear gas and rubber bullets — during other protests in Hong Kong over the weekend. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Hong Kong airport protests escalate with canceled flights and police standoffs," 13 Aug. 2019 Over the next several days, images of white cops in military vehicles firing tear gas and rubber bullets at mainly black protesters came to symbolize police violence against African Americans. Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times, "Black men killed by police – what did Kamala Harris do about it?," 6 Aug. 2019 Riot police officers fired tear gas and pumped blue-dyed water from trucks at protesters. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong’s Leader, Carrie Lam, to Withdraw Extradition Bill That Ignited Protests," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of teargas

Verb

1946, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of teargas was in 1916

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tear gas

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tear gas

: a gas that makes people unable to see by causing their eyes to be filled with tears and that is used especially by the police or military to separate large groups of people

tear gas

noun

Medical Definition of tear gas

: a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance that on dispersion in the atmosphere irritates mucous membranes resulting especially in blinding of the eyes with tears

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