Definition of bombshell in English:


Line breaks: bomb|shell
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒmʃɛl


1An unexpected and surprising event, especially an unpleasant one: the news came as a bombshell
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  • Just days after he announced he'd stay leader for as long as the party wanted him the prime minister dropped a bombshell.
  • Just as the season is about to start they have dropped a bombshell with these guidance notes.
  • Then, the other night, while drunk, depressed and emotionally lost (for various reasons), she dropped a bombshell on me.
2 informal A very attractive woman: a twenty-year-old blonde bombshell
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  • The blonde bombshell stayed in the Burlington Hotel last night before flying back to London today.
  • Later on, photographers caught up with her again, and the blonde bombshell loudly declared, ‘I love New York!’
  • It's the blonde bombshell's battle for big bucks.
3 dated An artillery shell.
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  • So we have bombshells that hit every corner of the airport, and of course they strike a lot of airplanes.
  • To avoid being struck by bombshells and bullets, my entire family descended to the dark bomb shelter below our house and hid.
  • V-Day went past this year leaving a huge hangover of love, friendship, sentiment and a few bullets and bombshells as well, that spilled all over the city screens.

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