Pepper-spray meaning

An aerosol containing the irritant capsaicin, used to immobilize or incapacitate a person or animal, especially one that is an attacker.
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An aerosol spray containing capsaicin or other ingredient highly irritating to the eyes, sinuses, etc., used as in defense against an attacker or by the police to subdue unruly or violent persons.
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A non-lethal chemical agent which is used in riot control and personal self-defense.

The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

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To douse someone with pepper spray.
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Origin of pepper-spray

  • From the capsaicin content derived from capsicum peppers
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition