potato masher

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potato masher (plural potato mashers)

  1. A utensil used to mash potatoes.
  2. (military slang) A type of hand grenade resembling such a utensil.
    • 1929, Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Folio Society 2008, p. 120:
      ‘A hand-grenade. One of those potato-mashers. It just blew the whole side of my foot off.’

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