water cannon


Definition of water cannon

: a large truck-mounted nozzle for directing a high-pressure stream of water (as at a crowd of rioters or demonstrators)

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Protestors were lighting fires and throwing gasoline bombs, and the police unleashed tear gas and water cannons. David Meyer, Fortune, "Changing Oil Landscapes: CEO Daily," 16 Sep. 2019 Protests over the weekend reached another point of escalation as police fired water cannons on the pro-democracy activists. NBC News, "Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam told business group she'd quit, if she could," 2 Sep. 2019 Police fired tear gas, water cannons and, in one case, shot a gun into the air. James Griffiths, CNN, "After arrests, thousands take to Hong Kong streets for 13th weekend of protests," 31 Aug. 2019 Police responded with water cannon, rubber bullets, and tear gas, while the legislature was evacuated. Time Staff, Time, "Violence Flares as Protesters Defy a Police Ban to March Through Hong Kong's Streets," 15 Sep. 2019 Lam announced the bill’s formal withdrawal Tuesday following weekend protests where demonstrators threw gasoline bombs at officers and police retaliated with water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets and batons. Fox News, "Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam says withdrawal of extradition bill own decision, not Beijing’s," 6 Sep. 2019 Demonstrators threw gasoline bombs at officers last weekend protests and police retaliated with water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets and batons. Washington Post, "HK leader says bill withdrawal own decision, not Beijing’s," 5 Sep. 2019 The police responded with water cannon (a recent addition to their armoury) with blue dye to stain protesters at the scene and help with identification later. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s leader has made a concession to protesters," 5 Sep. 2019 Authorities in turn have employed water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets and batons. Katie Tam, chicagotribune.com, "Hong Kong has withdrawn an extradition bill that sparked months of protests," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of water cannon

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water cannon was in 1891

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English Language Learners Definition of water cannon

: a machine that shoots a large, powerful stream of water and that is used by police to control violent crowds

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