Molotov cocktail(redirected from Poor man's grenade)
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A makeshift bomb made of a breakable container filled with flammable liquid and provided with a usually rag wick that is lighted just before being hurled.
[Translation of Finnish Molotovin koktaili, after Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov (so called because Finnish soldiers used such bombs against Soviet tanks during the 1939-1940 Soviet invasion of Finland, which began after Molotov announced Soviet demands for the annexation of certain Finnish territories ).]
(Military) an elementary incendiary weapon, usually a bottle of petrol with a short-delay fuse or wick; petrol bomb
[C20: named after V. M. Molotov]
an incendiary device consisting usu. of a bottle filled with gasoline and a piece of rag that serves as a wick and is ignited before throwing.
[1935–40; after V. M. Molotov]