from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A red, ball-shaped firecracker that explodes with a loud bang.
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- n. A spherical firecracker that generates a high-power explosion
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a red ball-shaped firecracker with high explosive power
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For small people without the skills or scriptwriters of Jackie Chan, exploding like a cherry bomb then running like hell was the best bet.