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.]

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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Personally, having maimed my unwanted guest with my pepper spray, I would also break his legs with a baseball bat while he was writhing on the floor in agony.
For situations like this, military police carry a can of oleoresin capsicum pepper spray. In a flash, the can will discharge a stream of the highly potent chemical.
The appeals court affirmed, finding that the punitive damages award was not excessive, where evidence showed that the deputies threw the detainee's head against a concrete wall, discharged a can of pepper spray into his face when he was fully restrained, and repeatedly assaulted him, without attending to the detainee's medical needs.
'They brought their pepper spray and held him down.
"The police failed to provide those in the crowd with a safe route to disperse, and then deployed pepper spray and rubber bullets against protesters as they tried to leave the scene.
Security and law enforcement agencies continue to be peppered by studies on the safety and efficacy of oleoresin capsicum (OC), better known as pepper spray. A new report by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) documents the results of NIJ-funded studies.
Officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport closed an airport concourse on Saturday (5 April) after a can of pepper spray was activated.
NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-22 October 2002-Swedish police officers trial pepper spray (C)1994-2002 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com
But fears of a biological or chemical weapons attack receded after an empty can of pepper spray was discovered.
The abuses included the shocking of a California prisoner by a 50,000-volt stun gun for eight seconds in open court at a judge's order; widespread shackling of children in a South Dakota juvenile detention center; the death of a Texas inmate after he was pepper-sprayed while tied in a restraining chair; and the use of pepper spray swabbed directly into the eyes of anti-logging and anti- World Trade Organization protesters in the Pacific Northwest.
In the time it took me to do that and grab my Counter Assault (pepper spray), they were 15 feet away.
HAZEL TRICE EDNEY: Under what circumstances are people tolerant of pepper spray?