One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A weapon firing barbs attached by wires to batteries, causing temporary paralysis.
- ‘The weapon was a taser, a stun gun that temporarily numbs your body with 50,000 volts of energy.’
- ‘There was pepper spray, tasers, stun guns, and you know, stuff like that.’
- ‘Women in Baton Rouge are taking self-defense courses, arming themselves with tasers, pepper spray and mace.’
- ‘If you want to arm pilots, it would be much smarter to give them billy clubs or tasers.’
- ‘I strongly urge you to learn martial arts, and to find out the law about carrying mace/pepper spray, and/or an electric taser.’
Fire a taser at (someone) in order to incapacitate them temporarily.
- ‘So she reached to taser him, but accidentally grabbed her gun instead and sort of shot the guy.’
- ‘The deputies say they decided to taser the man after he pulled a knife on him.’
- ‘Get out of the car, if you walk, otherwise I'm going to taser you.’
- ‘According to witnesses, Grant had his hands in the air and was saying to police, "Please don't taser me."’
- ‘This year, after a 16-year-old was hit by a speeding police car, with no sirens or flashing lights, her distraught boyfriend was tasered.’
- ‘The police must have felt overwhelmed and would naturally need to taser the groom or risk having to use deadly force instead.’
- ‘Why would police taser a blind woman in her own home?’
- ‘At least they didn't taser anyone.’
- ‘I got pepper sprayed and tasered.’
- ‘And hey, if they get out of line, they can always taser them into submission.’
- ‘During protests over the past two days, at least a few students were tasered.’
1970s: from the initial letters of Tom Swift's electric rifle (a fictitious weapon), on the pattern of laser.
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