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a tube-shaped, portable rocket launcher that fires a rocket capable of penetrating several inches of armor plate, as of a tank or other armored military vehicle.
Contemporary Examples

He went so far as to call bazooka Joe his “new Mickey Mouse” in an interview with USA Today.
Why Eisner Fits at Tribune Peter Lauria August 25, 2010

With literal fidelity, the band members perform with an AK-47 and a bazooka strapped onto their shoulders.
Are Narcocorrido Mexican Drug Ballads Really That Bad? Jimmy So November 23, 2013

If they were, then we could all run out and purchase a tank, a grenade launcher, a bazooka, a SCUD missile and a nuclear warhead.
Zimmerman Verdict: Actor Jason Alexander Says We Should Blame the Gun Laura Colarusso July 14, 2013

Once he hits eight, we can head on over to Bullets & Burgers, and who knows, maybe they’ll let him strap on a bazooka.
9-Year Old With an Uzi? America Is Tougher on Toys Than Guns Cliff Schecter August 27, 2014

If the vice presidential debate were a movie, it might be called bazooka Joe Rides Again.
Face It, Republicans, ‘Bazooka Joe’ Biden Won the VP Debate Matt Latimer October 11, 2012

Historical Examples

The cab started with a cough and a roar, and shot out of the terminal like a bazooka shell.
Charley de Milo Laurence Mark Janifer AKA Larry M. Harris

Ned closed his hand on the tube of the bazooka and it was so much old drainpipe.
Arm of the Law Harry Harrison

It was the eighth missile from the bazooka which ended the battle.
Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster

“bazooka shells ought to discourage anything,” Davis said in an icy voice.
Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster

a portable tubular rocket-launcher that fires a projectile capable of piercing armour: used by infantrymen as a short-range antitank weapon

“metal tube rocket launcher,” 1942, from name of a junkyard musical instrument used (c.1935) as a prop by U.S. comedian Bob Burns (1896-1956); extension of bazoo, slang for “mouth” or “boastful talk” (1877), probably from Dutch bazuin “trumpet.”


A marijuana cigarette impregnated with bazuco, a cheap cocaine paste

[1980s+ Narcotics; fr Sp bazuco, ”bazooka”]

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