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bomb
American English: /bɑm/
British English: /bɒm/

Translation of bomb in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 (Military) 1.1 (explosive device) the room looked as if a bomb had hit it [colloquial]
    la habitación estaba toda patas arriba [colloquial]
    to go down a bomb (British) [colloquial]
    hacer furor [colloquial]
    to go like a bomb (British) [colloquial] (car/motorbike)
    ir como un bólido [colloquial]
    (be successful) the party went like a bomb
    la fiesta fue un exitazo [colloquial]
    the business is going like a bomb
    el negocio marcha a las mil maravillas
    to put a bomb under somebody [colloquial]
    darle una sacudida a alguien
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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 (atomic or nuclear)the bomb
    la bomba (atómica)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 (large sum) (British) [colloquial] (no plural)
    platal (masculine) (South America) [colloquial]
    pastón (masculine) (Spain) [colloquial]
    lanón (masculine) (Mexico) [colloquial]
    it cost a bomb
    costó un dineral ( or un platal etc. )
    Example sentences
    • 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.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (from air)
    (city/factory)
    bombardear
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (plant bomb in)
    (hotel/shop/train)
    colocar una bomba en
  • 2 (condemn) (US) [colloquial]
    poner por los suelos [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.

intransitive verb

[colloquial]
  • 1 (flop) (play/novel)
    ser un fracaso
    estrellarse [colloquial]
    tronar (Mexico) [colloquial]
    jalar (Peru) [colloquial]
    I bombed in physics
    me suspendieron en física (Spain)
    me catearon en física (Spain) [colloquial]
    me tronaron en física (Mexico) [colloquial]
    me bocharon en física (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
    me rajaron en física (Chile) [colloquial]
    me jalaron en física (Peru) [colloquial]
  • 2 (go fast) (British)
    ir a toda mecha [colloquial]
    ir a todo lo que da [colloquial]
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