Molotov cocktail

   a simple petrol bomb
   Molotov was Stalin's Foreign Minister in the Second World War. His long and sinister career included making a pact with Hitler in 1939 and organizing the postwar occupation of Eastern European states. The weapon by which he is remembered was in fact invented by the Finns for use against their Russian invaders.

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  • Molotov cocktail — n. A home made incendiary device consisting of a bottle filled with gasoline, and a cloth wick. The wick is lighted, and the bottle thrown at a target, such as a vehicle, where it may shatter and spread intense flames over the vehicle, destroying …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Molotov cocktail — (n.) 1940, a term from Russo Finnish War (used and satirically named by the Finns), from Molotov (from Rus. molot hammer ) name taken by Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Skriabin (1890 1986), Soviet minister of foreign affairs 1939 1949 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Molotov cocktail — ► NOUN ▪ a crude incendiary device consisting of a bottle of flammable liquid ignited by means of a wick. ORIGIN named after the Soviet statesman Vyacheslav Molotov, who organized the production of similar grenades in World War II …   English terms dictionary

  • Molotov cocktail — n. [after MOLOTOV V(yacheslav) M(ikhailovich)] Slang a bottle filled with gasoline, etc. and wrapped in a saturated rag or plugged with a wick, then ignited and hurled as a grenade …   English World dictionary

  • Molotov cocktail — index bomb Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Molotov cocktail — A Finnish soldier with a Molotov cocktail in the Winter War. The Molotov cocktail, also known as the petrol bomb, gasoline bomb, Molotov bomb, fire bottle, fire bomb, or simply Molotov, is a generic name used for a variety of improvised… …   Wikipedia

  • Molotov Cocktail —    The antitank weapon called a Molotov cocktail was not named to honor Molotov. Although how it was so dubbed is a matter of dispute, it is believed to have been named by the Finns during the Russo Finnish War of 1939 1940 as a satirical honor… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • Molotov cocktail — UK [ˌmɒlətɒf ˈkɒkteɪl] / US [ˈmɑlətɔf ˌkɑkteɪl] / US [ˈmoʊlətɔv ˌkɑkteɪl] noun [countable] Word forms Molotov cocktail : singular Molotov cocktail plural Molotov cocktails a simple bomb consisting of a bottle filled with a liquid that you can set …   English dictionary

  • Molotov cocktail — [[t]mɒ̱lətɒv kɒ̱kteɪl[/t]] Molotov cocktails N COUNT A Molotov cocktail is a simple bomb made by putting petrol and cloth into a bottle. It is exploded by setting fire to the cloth …   English dictionary

  • Molotov cocktail — noun Etymology: Vyacheslav M. Molotov Date: 1940 a crude bomb made of a bottle filled with a flammable liquid (as gasoline) and usually fitted with a wick (as a saturated rag) that is ignited just before the bottle is hurled …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Molotov cocktail — a crude incendiary grenade consisting of a bottle filled with a flammable liquid and a wick that is ignited before throwing: used originally for setting fire to enemy tanks during the Spanish Civil War. [1935 40; named after V. M. MOLOTOV] * * * …   Universalium

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