Definition of barrel bomb in English:

barrel bomb


  • A crude bomb consisting of an oil drum or similar container filled with explosives, typically dropped from an aircraft:

    ‘he estimated that dozens of barrel bombs had been dropped on the province in the last nine days’
    • ‘The dastardly arsenal ranges from missiles, flares and flamethrowers to mines, barrel bombs and chaos-causing oil slicks.’
    • ‘This shows the aftermath of what activists call a barrel bomb having been dropped on a residential street in that district.’
    • ‘A total of 11 barrel bombs were assembled and detonated leaving behind an enormous hole in the ground.’
    • ‘An activist said fighting had ceased, but that the air force had continued to drop barrel bombs on the town.’
    • ‘Last week there were daily bombardments, including an attack by a helicopter that dropped barrel bombs.’
    • ‘The attackers used "barrel bombs" - metal tubs filled with TNT, nails and other shreds of metal - which, when dropped from helicopters, have a devastating blast range.’
    • ‘He accused the government of committing "yet another war crime" by spraying civilian areas with barrel bombs.’
    • ‘The rebels rolled the barrel bombs through sewers until they were underneath the main guard post at the base.’
    • ‘The primary weapon is the Antonov bomber: retrofitted Russian cargo planes that are notoriously inaccurate and carry huge loads of shrapnel-packed barrel bombs.’


  • Drop a barrel bomb or bombs on:

    ‘another of the makeshift medical centres was barrel-bombed on June 23rd’
    ‘the latest barrel-bombing reportedly killed 17 civilians’
    • ‘Elsewhere the government has kept up its barrel-bombing campaign regardless of whether civilians are present or not.’
    • ‘Guerrilla groups competed for popularity among urban populations being barrel-bombed by the regime.’
    • ‘An elderly women yelled after her neighborhood was barrel-bombed by government warplanes, "They have destroyed our homes and killed our children."’
    • ‘We were seeing on television people being barrel-bombed, starved and killed.’
    • ‘These accusations have been appearing for some time on the Internet and have gained strength since repeated barrel-bombing of civilians.’
    • ‘He was killed by the government's barrel-bombing of the city, as were several children he had just vaccinated.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the barrel-bombing only stopped for less than 48 hours.’
    • ‘The water shortage was a combination of Government barrel-bombing of the electricity generating station and the regime's slowness in repairing a breakdown at the pumping station.’
    • ‘Seven decades of education and monument building in the West did not lift a finger for the dead, gassed and barrel-bombed in their streets.’