pepper spray

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pepper spray

n.
An aerosol containing the irritant capsaicin, used to immobilize or incapacitate a person or animal, especially one that is an attacker.

[From the capsaicin content derived from capsicum peppers.]
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pepper spray

n
1. (Chemistry) a defence spray agent derived from hot cayenne peppers, which causes temporary blindness and breathing difficulty, sometimes used to control riots
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a defence spray agent derived from hot cayenne peppers, which causes temporary blindness and breathing difficulty, sometimes used to control riots
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Noun1.pepper spray - a nonlethal aerosol spray made with the pepper derivative oleoresin capiscumpepper spray - 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
aerosol can, aerosol container, spray can, aerosol, aerosol bomb - a dispenser that holds a substance under pressure and that can release it as a fine spray (usually by means of a propellant gas)
chemical weapon - chemical substances that can be delivered using munitions and dispersal devices to cause death or severe harm to people and animals and plants
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Their M9 pistols, oleoresin capsicum spray, batons, and stun guns are replaced with a whistle, a radio, a Personal Alarm Locating System (PALS) device, and a single pen.
Another recent use of this vegetable is in aerosol called pepper spray or capsicum spray used to incapacitating people in a non-lethal way and also as a means of self-defence.
One MP unleashed a can of capsicum spray, prompting a rush for the exit.
As a former hospital security guard and now an RN, I believe security guards should be allowed to carry tasers or capsicum spray. The strength that these violent people have is amazing.
NSW Police used batons, capsicum spray and the dog squad to quell the angry crowd, who carried signs such as ''Behead all those who insult the prophet'', ''Obama, we love Osama'' and ''Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell''.
Nieto rebounded and once again approached the inmate, blasting him with Oleoresin Capsicum spray, which subdued him and allowed the other officers to escape.
That policy says Oleoresin Capsicum spray, or "OC" as it is commonly called, "will not be used punitively" and "should not be used as a means to disperse crowds" or "against persons engaged only in passive resistance." The policy calls for "a single spray burst of between one and three seconds at the suspect's eyes, nose and mouth," and it says multiple applications "should be avoided."
Police resorted to capsicum spray and "beanbag" bullets to contain the rioters.
"It kept coming so, one of them squirted it with capsicum spray and that upset it somewhat," the victim's son Rob Johnson told reporters.
They allegedly clashed with police who used capsicum spray to subdue the crowd and arrested six men and women, aged between 26 and 50, who were later charged with offences including affray, intimidation, assaulting police, resisting arrest and offensive language.