One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An explosive device with a protruding stick to facilitate firing or throwing.
During the Second World War (1939–45): an anti-tank grenade covered with an adhesive substance to make it stick to its target. In later use: any bomb designed to stick to its target.
1920s; earliest use found in C. F. Snowden Gamble (b. 1895). From stick + bomb<br>1940s; earliest use found in The Times of India. From stick + bomb.
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