Definition of Molotov cocktail in English:

Molotov cocktail


  • A crude incendiary device typically consisting of a bottle filled with flammable liquid and with a means of ignition.

    • ‘Turtle-outfitted protestors couldn't compete with Molotov cocktails and gas masks, and the image being created grew more skewed, encouraging more violence.’
    • ‘The mob began to hurl rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, and other debris at the soldiers in an attempt to take over the bridge.’
    • ‘They filled up a lot of the twist top bottles and made Molotov cocktails out of them.’
    • ‘Other weapons are really unique and interesting, like the ballistic shield, the Molotov cocktail or the LAW rocket.’
    • ‘They had studied firearms, explosives and tactical training, and learned how to detonate hand grenades, Molotov cocktails and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.’
    • ‘The pair then planned their revenge, buying petrol and a bottle of milk from a filling station to make the Molotov cocktail.’
    • ‘You'll be handed a list of ‘combine items’ you can make at the start of a stage, such as lockpicks, Molotov cocktails, or improvised timebombs.’
    • ‘Police have patrolled without stepping in as demonstrators burned trash, hurled Molotov cocktails and in some cases opened fire with handguns.’
    • ‘The wick caught fire immediately and Julius threw the Molotov cocktail with amazing force.’
    • ‘‘Revolution, revolution, revolution until we die,’ the students sang before they began to throw stones and Molotov cocktails at about 500 police.’
    • ‘In several districts they were aided by militias in civilian dress armed with machetes and Molotov cocktails to scare away voters.’
    • ‘In fact, they were throwing Molotov cocktails and hand grenades and firing AK - 47s.’
    • ‘Only weeks before Molotov cocktails hit the L.A.-area car dealers, the arsonists torched a five-story apartment complex being built near San Diego.’
    • ‘In the streets of Paris, Molotov cocktails are heaved at the police.’
    • ‘The embattled workers used Molotov cocktails, iron bars and fire hoses in an attempt to ward off the police and defend themselves.’
    • ‘At least one bank was set on fire, as protesters answered tear gas canisters and rubber bullets with stones and Molotov cocktails.’
    • ‘At least 50 officers were wounded over the weekend when they came under a hail of live rounds, paint bombs, pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, and paving stones, police said.’
    • ‘Sources say the explosion could have been caused by one of three devices - a grenade, a Molotov cocktail or a stray bullet hitting the gas tank.’
    • ‘Only two Molotov cocktails were actually found, however, along with a handful of sticks, iron bars and pocketknives, which strained credulity as a ‘cache of weapons.’’
    • ‘‘At first, the villagers managed to chase the mobs away, but then they came back with thousands of people, throwing Molotov cocktails at the houses and a church,’ Sarjo said.’


From the name of Vyacheslav Molotov (see Molotov, Vyacheslav), who led the Soviet campaign against Finland in 1939–40, when such weapons were used by the Finns.


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