- 1A container filled with explosive or incendiary material, designed to explode on impact or when detonated by a timing, proximity, or remote-control device: [as modifier]: a bomb attackMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The second night attack, which used high explosive and incendiary bombs alternately, caused the first man-made firestorm which affected an area of 22sq.km.
- According to sources, dissident groups are now at work planning to plant bombs or detonate incendiary devices.
- An exact mix of high explosive and incendiary bombs was used to start the kind of fires that burned Dresden.
- 1.1 [with modifier] An explosive device fitted into a specified object: a 100 lb van bombMás ejemplos en oraciones
- He made sure of that when he sent her a package bomb that blew off her hands and nearly killed her.
- The building has been targeted before, and was the scene of a massive van bomb in 1993.
- Recent attempted van bomb attacks were foiled in Derry and Belfast.
- 1.2 (the bomb) Nuclear weapons considered collectively as agents of mass destruction: she joined the fight against the bombMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Harry Truman, who made the decision to use it, shared with the electorate the opinion that the bomb was a legitimate weapon.
- Let me say that I have a strong but constructive critique against parts of the traditional left with regard to their attitude to the bomb and nuclear power.
- The age of the bomb, and of other weapons of mass destruction (chemical and biological) continues.
- 2A thing resembling a bomb in shape, in particular:Más ejemplos en oraciones
- Even Lush haven't got their Christmas pudding shaped bath bombs out yet.
- 2.1 (also volcanic bomb) A lump of lava thrown out by a volcano.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- Everyone else gets going out of the way of the lava bombs and lava flows.
- Fresh manure, too, dollops of it ramping over the concrete lip of the stall floor like lava bombs flung from a brown volcano.
- The party ran out of the palace and looked up in the sky and saw a swarm of what looked like lava bees holding lava bombs.
- 2.2A pear-shaped weight used to anchor a fishing line to the bottom.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- For longer range work I will use a semi-fixed bomb for weights up to 1/2 ounce.
- The lead should be heavy enough to counter the weight of the current, and flat bombs are better than round ones which will tend to roll downstream with the current.
- 3 (a bomb) British • informal A large sum of money: that silk must have cost a bombMás ejemplos en oraciones
a fortune, a small fortune, a king's ransom, a huge amount, a vast sum, a large sum of money, a lot, millions, billions• informal a packet, a mint, a bundle, a pile, a wad, a pretty penny, an arm and a leg, a tidy sum, a killingAustralian • informal big bickies
- LCD televisions are all the rage, but a space-saving panel with a picture to rival your traditional set will cost a bomb.
- They may be high fashion, and they may well cost a bomb, but they are, fundamentally, half your basic shell suit.
- The show didn't cost a bomb and was in aid of a local charity for children.
- 4 • informal A film, play, or other event that fails badly: that bomb of an old movieMás ejemplos en oraciones
- And while expensive star signings have won lacklustre ratings, the channel's film arm has produced a string of critical and commercial bombs.
- 5 (the (or da) bomb) US • informal An outstandingly good person or thing: the site would really be da bomb if its content were updated more frequentlyMás ejemplos en oraciones
- But as it turns out, this cute little game is still da bomb.
- I played using more of the lower register, which is totally DA BOMB on my violin, and I really need to do that more often.
- He is simply ‘da Bomb’ where ladies are concerned.
- 6A long forward pass or hit in a ball game: a two-run bombMás ejemplos en oraciones
- They nudged further ahead when Steve Prescott converted after Vaikona knocked forward a bomb to an off-side Lee Radford.
- Passing the bomb between teammates and trying to setup plays is really cool!
- Defenses learned how Williams could burn them deep, so they gave him a lot of room underneath to protect against the 40-yard bombs.
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- 1 [with object] Attack (a place or object) with a bomb or bombs: they bombed the city at dawnMás ejemplos en oraciones
bombard, drop bombs on, explode, blast; shell, torpedo, blitz, strafe, pound; attack, assault, raid; blow up, blow to bits, blow sky-high, destroy, wipe out, level, raze (to the ground), demolish, flatten, topple, wreck, devastate, pulverize, obliterate, ravage, smash• archaic cannonade
- In advance of the line of attack the Luftwaffe heavily bombed all road and rail junctions, and concentrations of Polish troops.
- The next occasion Bangkok heard the drone of Allied bombers was 19 December when the dock area was bombed at night.
- We strafed and bombed the city until 23,000 of them were dead.
- 1.1 (bomb someone out) Make someone homeless by destroying their home with bombs: my family were bombed out while I was fightingMás ejemplos en oraciones
- I lived in a two-up, two-down in a cul-de-sac in Croydon, with an outside loo, and we were bombed out three times during the war.
- The implication is that you don't have an ethical right to bomb them out of their ability to retaliate against you.
- What are their living conditions going to be like after we bomb them out?
- 2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] British • informal Move very quickly: we were bombing down the motorway at breakneck speedMás ejemplos en oraciones
- I have heard many a screeching of car breaks as the driver has been bombing along and come around the corner to meet a huge tractor.
- Kevin Alderton is hoping to set the first-ever blind speed skiing record by bombing down a snowy slope at more than 100 mph.
- It is the concern of the bank that prices have bombed along despite expectations to the contrary, he said.
- 3 [no object] • informal (Of a film, play, or other event) fail badly: it just became another big-budget film that bombedMás ejemplos en oraciones
- His first film bombed because it failed to live up to its name.
- The hugely expensive film bombed so badly that one of Hollywood's most venerable companies, United Artists, was destroyed.
- The distributors were not going to be happy, said the theatre manager, although since the film had bombed in Auckland they were probably not expecting too much.
go down a bomb
- British • informal Be very well received: those gigs we did went down a bombMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Made with black pudding supplied by Kendal butchers Watson & Woollard, the bread went down a bomb.
- This is the sort of blend of real history mixed with a dash of naughtiness which seems to go down a bomb with the visitors.
- They'd go down a bomb in Wimbledon, the bakers and their strawberry and cream tarts.
go like a bomb British • informal
- 1Be very successful: the party went like a bombMás ejemplos en oraciones
- In the target seats we have been going like a bomb and there is a great deal of confidence.
- I was going like a bomb with those two birds from the gasworks before I tried your Jimmy Cagney Routine.
- Fund Raising has gone like a bomb with a total so far of an amazing £3,200 raised!
- 2(Of a vehicle or person) move very fast.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- The connection goes like a bomb for 2 minutes then just slows down to less than a dial-up connection!
- The York went like a bomb, was utterly reliable - if a bit rattly - and was easy to fix if it did go wrong.
- ‘And Lewis went like a bomb for the first 400 metres up to the corner and then another 100 metres.’
look like a bomb's hit it
- • informal (Of a place) be extremely messy or untidy in appearance: the room looked like a bomb had hit itMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The room tidy bit doesn't always happen but then when it gets to looking like a bomb's hit it they are the ones who have to blitz it clean.
- One villager said: ‘My kitchen looks like a bomb's hit it at the moment.
- Look at it, it looks like a bomb's hit it, it looks like a wasteland, there's not even a sign of a tree.
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- Cluster bombs contain as many as 200 smaller bomblets and up to 30% of these fail to explode on impact but, like landmines, remain deadly for many years.
- We are calling on the British Government to commit to clearing up unexploded ordnance, including the cluster bomblets that have been left behind.
- There is a significant ‘dud rate’ of about 5% which leaves many unexploded bomblets littering the ground with the potential to explode years later.
late 17th century: from French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus 'booming, humming', from Greek bombos, of imitative origin.