Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shoulder-held weapon consisting of a long metal smoothbore tube for firing armor-piercing rockets at short range.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a primitive trombone having wide tubes
  • n. an American shoulder-held rocket launcher used as an antitank weapon, used in World War II, shaped similar to the bazooka trombone
  • n. by extension, any shoulder-fired rocket grenade launcher
  • n. breasts of a woman
  • n. Crack cocaine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a portable rocket launcher used by infantrymen as an antitank weapon

Etymologies

After the bazooka, a crude wind instrument made of pipes, invented and named by Bob Burns (1896-1956), American comedian, probably from bazoo, kazoo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of Spanish basuco, derived from base. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What's foiling Mr. Paulson's "bazooka" - in-his-pocket plan for bailing out the two without taxpayer money is the failure of private investors to put up the necessary recapitalization so the government won't have to.

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  • It has an optional flamboyantly gay guy with a 'bazooka'-like lance in it.

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  • The business end of Hanky Panky Paulson’s bazooka is glowing red hot as it continues to fire round after round of high explosive moral hazard contains an up to 85 billion dollar, two-year bridge loan from the Fed to the world’s largest insurer, AIG, to be guaranteed by the US taxpayer via the US Treasury.

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  • The ECB didn't pull out the so-called bazooka and didn't announce a European-style quantitative easing or a large bond-buying program.

    Euro Falls as Hope Fades for Crisis's End

  • Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the bazooka one of the crucial "tools of victory" for the Allies in World War II, along with the C-47 transport plane, the Jeep and the atomic bomb.

    Edward Uhl, 92; helped invent bazooka, headed Fairchild Industries

  • My culture says that expressing rage by shooting me in the face with a bazooka is a bad thing, and I'm okay with that standard.

    Anger, Part II

  • A bazooka is a shoulder fired rocket, and another insanely interesting word derivation.

    Faked mortar attack on the Humanities Building.

  • One man in each mortar squad carried the shoulder-held rocket launcher known as a bazooka.

    Brotherhood of Heroes

  • Among their key targets was the Booysens police station where an RPG 7 rocket launcher also known as a bazooka, was first used in an MK operation in the South African urban areas.

    OBITUARY OF COMRADE ANTHONY BOBBY TSOTSOBE

  • Booysens police station where an RPG 7 rocket launcher also known as a bazooka, was first used in an MK operation in the South

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