Meaning of “dumdum bullet” in the English Dictionary

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"dumdum bullet" in British English

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dumdum bulletnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdʌm.dʌm ˌbʊl.ɪt/ us /ˈdʌm.dʌm ˌbʊl.ɪt/ also dumdum

Examples from literature

  • Among these seizures were many chests containing dumdum bullets and bearing the stamp of the ammunition factory where they were made. 
  • Dumdum bullets are rightfully ruled out because they inflict frightful and often incurable wounds, and the aim of humane warfare is to disable the enemy, not permanently to injure him. 
  • French soldiers have never used dumdum bullets. 
  • In their bodies we find dumdum bullets, and we hear tales which confirm those of the refugees. 
  • The department has received no other complaints of alleged sales of dumdum bullets by American citizens to belligerent Governments. 

(Definition of “dumdum bullet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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