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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

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

lower the boom

  (American informal)
to suddenly stop someone doing something you do not approve of Dad lowered the boom. I have to stay in the next two weekends.
See also: boom, lower

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

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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For example, in Terrebonne Parish, west of the Mississippi River along the coast, booms reportedly sat waiting to be installed for more than a day.
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Normal sonic booms have 1 to 2 pounds per square foot of air pressure.
The White House selected Ben Bernanke to replace Alan Greenspan in part because of the role he played warning about the dangers of deflation in 2003 and encouraging the Fed to reduce interest rates to levels which further stoked the housing boom.
Fueled by the newly created Federal Reserve's expansion of money and credit, the years 1922-1929 saw a tech-driven boom remarkably similar to the hitech boom of the 1990s.
More than half the time, the pilots managed to place booms within 500 feet of the target on a calm day and within 1,500 feet under turbulent atmospheric conditions.
No samples were collected from Sites 5 and 6 prior to boom installation.
Company shares data for US surgical booms market for 2010.
Maximum safety is the watchword for Footer's Edge, and their booms are the strongest, most durable on the waterways.
Working with NASA, Gulfstream is testing out a device it dubs ``Quiet Spike,'' a telescoping pole that would mount on a jet's nose with hopes of reshaping and quieting the pressure wave that causes sonic booms.
For Kaldor, "the same forces which produce violent booms and slumps will also tend to produce a high trend-rate of progress.
Dark "Oil-Only PIG" absorbent booms for the effective clean-up of petroleum based liquid spills on lakes, ponds streams and land are among the newest product offerings from New Pig, Tipton, PA.
But it wasn't until the advent of fireproof booms in the mid-1980s and a major "spill of opportunity"- the March 1989 Exxon Valdez accident -- that in situ (on-site) burning got a real sea trial.
It provides a larger refueling envelope with better controllability than other refueling booms.