pepper spray
noun Date: 1989 a temporarily disabling aerosol that is composed partly of capsicum oleoresin and causes irritation and blinding of the eyes and inflammation of the nose, throat, and skin

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pepper spray — ► NOUN ▪ an aerosol spray containing irritant oils derived from cayenne pepper, used as a disabling weapon …   English terms dictionary

  • pepper spray — pepper .spray n [U and C] a substance used especially by the police for controlling people. It contains red pepper and is ↑sprayed into people s eyes to make them blind for a short time …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pepper spray — pepper ,spray noun uncount a liquid substance that causes severe pain when it touches the eyes, and is sometimes used by the police in the U.S …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Pepper spray — This article is about the chemical compound. For agent used in riot control, see Pepper spray projectile. This article forms part of the series Chemical agents Lethal agents Blood agents Cyanogen chloride (CK) …   Wikipedia

  • pepper spray — noun A non lethal chemical agent which is used in riot control and personal self defense. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. Syn: OC gas, OC spray See Also: pepper spray …   Wiktionary

  • pepper-spray — verb To douse someone with pepper spray …   Wiktionary

  • pepper spray — noun a nonlethal aerosol spray made with the pepper derivative oleoresin capiscum; used to cause temporary blindness and incapacitate an attacker; also used as a bear deterrent • Hypernyms: ↑aerosol, ↑aerosol container, ↑aerosol can, ↑aerosol… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pepper spray — noun an aerosol spray containing oils derived from cayenne pepper, irritant to the eyes and respiratory passages and used as a disabling weapon …   English new terms dictionary

  • pepper spray — /ˈpɛpə spreɪ/ (say pepuh spray) noun → capsicum spray …   Australian English dictionary

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