tear gas

See also: teargas and tear-gas


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tear gas (countable and uncountable, plural tear gases)

  1. Any lachrymatory, non-lethal chemical compound that causes the eyes to sting and water and/or irritates the respiratory system, mostly used for controlling crowds during riots or as self-defense.
    • 2013 June 7, Gary Younge, “Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 18:
      The dispatches […] also exposed the blatant discrepancy between the west's professed values and actual foreign policies. Having lectured the Arab world about democracy for years, its collusion in suppressing freedom was undeniable as protesters were met by weaponry and tear gas made in the west, employed by a military trained by westerners.

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tear gas (third-person singular simple present tear gases or tear gasses, present participle tear gassing, simple past and past participle tear gassed)

  1. To use tear gas.
    The riot squad tear gassed the mob.