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box-office bomb

A film that performs very poorly in ticket sales, earning less than the cost of production. After its third box-office bomb in a row, the film studio was forced to close down.
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drop a brick

1. To unintentionally say or do something embarrassing, tactless, or indiscreet; to commit some social faux pas or mistake. Primarily heard in UK. I dropped a brick on our first date by ordering veal, only realizing later that he's a staunch animal rights advocate.
2. To announce a particularly surprising, alarming, or upsetting piece of news. An alternative form of "drop a bombshell." Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Mary dropped a brick when she told me she was moving to France next week. I'm about to drop a brick on my parents by telling them that I'm going to quit law school and pursue a career in art.
See also: brick, drop

drop the F-bomb

To use the word "fuck," especially at a particularly inappropriate time or place. I was so nervous and emotionally shaken at my grandfather's funeral that I accidentally dropped an F-bomb during his eulogy. You need to be careful that you don't drop the F-bomb around her parents.
See also: drop

be (the) bomb

To be excellent, extremely entertaining, or of very high quality. This steak I ordered is bomb! I'm not usually a fan of action films, but that one was the bomb!
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bomb

1. adjective slang Excellent; extremely entertaining; of very high quality. (Sometimes used as "the bomb.") That steak I had at dinner was bomb! I'm not usually a fan of action films, but that one was the bomb!
2. verb To fail spectacularly or to a great degree. Despite all the media hype, the major summer blockbuster bombed on its opening weekend.

the L-bomb

An expression of romantic love for another, especially when said unexpectedly and/or for the first time. Usually used in the phrase "drop the L-bomb." We'd only been dating for a couple of months when he dropped the L-bomb on me. I was so shocked that all I could think to say back was, "Thank you!"

drop the L-bomb

To say "I love you" or a similar expression of love to a romantic partner, especially unexpectedly and/or for the first time. We'd only been dating for a couple of months when he dropped the L-bomb on me. I was so shocked that all I could think to say back was, "Thank you!"
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a (ticking) time bomb

A person, thing, or situation that can at any moment cause much havoc or result in a disastrous outcome. I'm telling you, this dirty money we're using to finance the campaign is a ticking time bomb! If anyone were to investigate how we got it, we'd all go to jail! Jenny's attracted to men who exude an air of danger, and her new boyfriend seems like a time bomb.
See also: bomb, time

smart bomb

A bomb with a guidance system that navigates it to its target. The military adopted the use of smart bombs to reduce collateral damage.
See also: bomb, smart

bomb out (of something)

Sl. to flunk out of or fail at something, especially school or a job. She was afraid she would bomb out of school. Her brother bombed out the year before.
See also: bomb, out

bomb someone out

to cause people to flee by bombing their homes and towns. The planes bombed the villagers out. The attack bombed out everyone for miles around.
See also: bomb, out

bomb something out

to destroy a place by bombing. I hope they don't bomb the village out. The planes bombed out the factory.
See also: bomb, out

drop a bomb(shell)

 and explode a bombshell; drop a brick
Fig. to announce shocking or startling news. They really dropped a bombshell when they announced that the mayor would resign. Friday is a good day to drop a bomb like that. It gives the business world the weekend to recover. They must choose their words very carefully when they explode a bombshell like that. They really dropped a brick when they told her the cause of her illness.
See also: bomb, drop

go (like) a bomb

  (British & Australian informal)
to be very successful Judging from the noise they're making, the party must be going like a bomb.
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go like a bomb

  (British & Australian informal)
if a vehicle goes like a bomb, it can move very fast Henry's new sportscar goes like an absolute bomb.
See also: bomb, like

put a bomb under something/somebody

  (British & Australian)
if you want to put a bomb under someone, you want to make them do things faster I'd like to put a bomb under those solicitors.
See cost a bomb, drop a bombshell
See also: bomb, put

cost a bomb

  (informal)
to be very expensive Strawberries cost a bomb at this time of year.
See also: bomb, cost

a smart bomb

a bomb that guides itself by receiving signals from the ground Laser-guided smart bombs were hitting targets only about 60 per cent of the time.
See also: bomb, smart

drop a brick

Also, drop a clanger. Say something indiscreet, commit a social gaffe. For example, John dropped a brick when he called her by his ex-wife's name. [Slang; 1920s]
See also: brick, drop

time bomb

A situation that threatens to have disastrous consequences at some future time, as in That departmental dispute is a time bomb just waiting to go off. This term alludes to an explosive device that is set to go off at a specific time. [First half of 1900s]
See also: bomb, time

bomb out

v.
1. To cause something to be damaged completely due to bombing. Used chiefly in the passive: The town was bombed out during the war.
2. To be compelled or forced to leave some place due to bombardment: My grandparents' family was bombed out of their house twice during the war. The only way to get the guerillas to leave the area is to bomb them out.
3. To be compelled or forced to leave some place because of miserable failure: Because he didn't study enough, he bombed out of college.
See also: bomb, out

bomb through

v.
1. To drop a bomb or bombs so that they pass through something before detonating: Due to a storm, the plane was forced to bomb through thick cloud cover.
2. To penetrate some obstacle with bombs: The soldiers bombed through the wall of the fortress.
3. To move rapidly and aggressively through something: They bombed through the town on motorcycles. The dirt bike bombed through the course.
4. To accomplish or proceed with something swiftly and aggressively: The soccer team bombed through the tournament and made it to the finals.
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bomb

1. n. a bad performance or an inherently bad show. They tried as hard as they could, but the thing was a bomb from Act One on.
2. in. to fail. My first try bombed, but things got better.
3. Go to bomb(shell).

the bomb

and da bomb
n. something really great. This tingle is really da bomb. She described our car as “the bomb” and our house as a “joint.”
See also: bomb

da bomb

verb
See also: bomb, Da

bomb (out)

in. [for a computer or computer program] to fail. The whole thing bombed out at just the wrong time.
See also: bomb, out

bomb

verb

bomb out (of something)

in. to flunk out of or fail at something, especially school or a job. She was afraid she would bomb out of school.
See also: bomb, of, out

bomb out

verb
See also: bomb, out

bomb(shell)

n. a stunning piece of news that is dropped without warning. (see also bomb.) I am still recovering from your bombshell of last evening.

bomb

verb

drop a brick

and drop a bomb(shell)
tv. to reveal startling information. Britney came in and dropped a brick that scared us all. She dropped a bombshell when she told us she was married again.
See also: brick, drop

drop a bomb

verb
See also: bomb, drop

love bombs

n. affirmations of affection. These two were dropping love bombs on each other, even though they hate each other’s guts.
See also: bomb, love

drop a brick

Informal
To make a clumsy social error.
See also: brick, drop
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