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A hollow-point small-arms bullet designed to expand upon impact, inflicting a gaping wound.

[After Dum Dum, a town of northeast India.]
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(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a soft-nosed or hollow-nosed small-arms bullet that expands on impact and inflicts extensive laceration. Also called: dumdum bullet
[C19: named after Dum-Dum, town near Kolkata (Calcutta) where these bullets were made]
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or dum•dum

n., Slang.
a stupid person.
[appar. reduplication and resp. of dumb]



a hollow-nosed or soft-nosed bullet that expands on impact, inflicting a severe wound.
[1895–1900; after Dum-Dum, suburb of Calcutta, India, where the bullets were made]
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Noun1.dumdum - a soft-nosed small-arms bullet that expands when it hits a target and causes a gaping wound
bullet, slug - a projectile that is fired from a gun
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dumdum (bullet)

nDumdum(geschoss) nt
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"I recollect, sir, there was a girl at Dumdum, a daughter of Cutler of the Artillery, and afterwards married to Lance, the surgeon, who made a dead set at me in the year '4--at me and Mulligatawney, whom I mentioned to you before dinner--a devilish good fellow Mulligatawney--he's a magistrate at Budgebudge, and sure to be in council in five years.
Mojares of Cebu poet-essayist and retired judge Simeon "Jun" Dumdum, also of Cebu Dumaguete's resident sage, poet-fictionist and professor Cesar "Sawi" Ruiz Aquino, originally of Pagadan thence Zamboanga and this regular panelist from Pasig.
'We are using dumdum which grows well and fast here.
Also arrested in the buy-bust operation, which was conducted on Atis Street in Barangay Nangka, Marikina, were Ricky Cachila, 31, and Sophia Dumdum, 27.
The Labour MP, who was also stabbed in the back, tried to crawl away as he fired dumdum bullets at her head at close range.
Dum dum dumdum, dum dum dumdum They'll be dusting down the pews at Westminster Abbey if Prince Harry is indeed madly loved-up with Suits actress Meghan Markle.
The debate will be moderated by Regional Trial Court Judge Simeon Dumdum, media invitation sent by the Archdiocese of Cebu said.
Local sources said that Ahmed Jarbou, 23, from Jenin camp was struck by a dumdum silent bullet while working in the governmental hospital of Martyr Khalil Sulaiman, as a dustman, when clashes broke out around the hospital.
One was shot in the bladder and the other was hit by a dumdum bullet in the chest.
" I planned my trip to Kashmir just to see this garden," said Somnath Das from Dumdum in Kolkata.
Taqou mayor Tayseer Abu Mfrah told WAFA that Israeli forces shot 18-year-old Mohammad al-badan in his abdomen with dumdum bullets, which is designed to expand on impact to produce a larger diameter wound, causing him an internal bleeding and fracturing his pelvic.