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boom or bust

Resulting in an outcome that will either be very good or very bad. Many professional athletes face a boom or bust situation early in their career, where they are either drafted to a professional league or don't advance at all. Working in the oil fields is always boom or bust: there's either lots of work for everyone, or hardly any work for anyone.
See also: boom, bust


An exclamation used in conjunction with a decisive or impressive statement or action. Boom! You can't argue with that logic. Straight flush, I win the pot! Boom.

boom out

1. To produce a loud sound that bursts forth. A noun can be used between "boom" and "out" or after "out." The sound of the car engine boomed out and made us all jump.
2. To speak loudly or forcefully. A noun can be used between "boom" and "out" or after "out." The security guard boomed instructions out at us as we pulled into the parking lot.
See also: boom, out

boom out

[for a loud sound] to sound out like thunder. His voice boomed out such that everyone could hear. An explosion boomed out and frightened us all.
See also: boom, out

boom something out

[for someone] to say something very loud; to shout. Will someone with a loud voice boom the names out? The announcer boomed out the names of the players.
See also: boom, out

lower the boom on someone

Fig. to scold or punish someone severely; to crack down on someone; to throw the book at someone. If Bob won't behave better, I'll have to lower the boom on him. The teacher lowered the boom on the whole class for misbehaving.
See also: boom, lower, on

lower the boom on

Scold harshly or punish severely; also, put a stop to something. For example, If you're caught smoking in school, the principal is bound to lower the boom on you, or The new radar equipment enabled the police to lower the boom on speeding. This expression refers to the boom of a sailboat-a long spar that extends from the mast to hold the foot of the sail. In a changing wind, the boom can swing wildly, leaving one at risk of being struck. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
See also: boom, lower, on

lower the boom on

1 treat someone severely. 2 put a stop to an activity. informal
It has been suggested that this phrase originally meant ‘knocking out an adversary with one punch’ in a fight.
See also: boom, lower, on

boom out

1. To make a loud, deep sound: Rock music suddenly boomed out from the speakers.
2. To say something very loudly: She boomed her speech out to the entire building over the public address system. He boomed out the sermon in his thunderous voice.
See also: boom, out

ace boom-boom

and ace boon-coon
n. one’s good and loyal friend. (Black. Ace boon-coon is not as common as the first entry and is objected to because of coon.) Hey girlfriend, you are my ace boom-boom. Where is my old ace boon-coon, bro?
See also: ace


in. to listen to music, as with a boom box. If you’re going to boom all the time, why don’t you get some headphones?

boom box

n. a portable stereo radio. (see also box, thunderbox.) Turn down that damn boom box, or I’ll kick it in.
See also: boom, box

boom sticks

n. drumsticks. (Musicians.) He always carries his boom sticks in his back pocket, and he beats on walls, radiators, desks—you name it.
See also: boom, stick
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Booming operations are sensitive to wind, wave and currents and need to be tethered and secured to keep from moving; they cannot be put out and forgotten.
Southern Kern voters approved a $12 million bond measure in November 2002 to help pay for the building of Westpark Elementary School, pay off debt incurred to build and improve schools to meet demands of a booming enrollment in the early 1990s, expand Rosamond High's cafeteria, and install Internet lines and upgrade computers at schools.
The face of Ontario's booming mining sector was all smiles as he experienced an upbeat mood and optimistic crowd of over 10,000 attendees at the mining convergence.
Certainly, when I was in opposition, mining wasn't booming the way it is now.
In booming dunes, the sound waves move downward and hit a layer of wet sand about 2 meters (6 feet) beneath the surface.
As for housing, rising borrowings are necessary to finance booming transaction volume and maintain inflated values.
But in 2006, the China's stock market rose unexpectedly, a culmination of factors such as the huge liquidity, booming economy, the effects of the non-tradable share reform and the ongoing restructuring of securities firms.
Across East Texas, buildings shook with a booming rumble that tore through the Saturday morning calm before debris started crashing down on farms and dense forestland like nothing residents could imagine.
Rising prices and record demand for oil, steel, basic materials and industrial materials reflect a booming global economy.
One reason for the solid price appreciation in the resale market, besides one of the best economies in the nation's history, is the fact that new home construction is not booming in the Valley area.
Exit the freeway as you pass through Valencia or Simi Valley, Canyon Country or Thousand Oaks, and you'll see banners pointing to dozens of housing developments covering the rolling hills - signs that the 'burbs are booming again.