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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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The speakers are only rated -3 dB to 70 Hz, so even with all the controls at maximum setting there isn't any low bass, and the lower mids get pretty boomy if you overdo it.
I also never had a problem with a boomy midbass, and I had no need to ever set the boundary controls to attenuate the low frequencies.
Without the Steradian in the system, the speakers could get a bit boomy, and I clearly preferred having the Steradian switched into the system.
The double bass sounds a little boomy, but that's probably what it would be like in real life.
I also tried Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances (London 410 124), another oldie but goodie that has a tendency to sound a bit overly full and reverberant (some might say boomy or bloated) on certain speaker systems.
A recording that sounds rich and robust when played on a third pair may sound bloated and boomy on a fourth.
LOOKING oldish now with a gritty ride and boomy engines, but still faithful.
Things did not improve with choosing the sub/sat configuration, except that on rock it was clear there was a bit more free bass power with the subwoofer in a corner, meaning you could turn its bass level down on, to preclude a boomy balance and increase headroom, and still get a few more decibels for the octave below, say, 60 Hz, and to play louder in general.
And on "Pick Yourself Up" from An Evening with Mel Torme, his lower register sounded boomy, while his upper register sounded just fine.
The bass was boomy, as if the little woofers were trying too hard, and the vocals were boxy.
Indeed, while it could be argued that the DVD-A track on most of the music on this disc sounded a tad thin sounding in the deeper bass, the DD material was decidedly boomy at times.
Hardly the easiest venue to find (and in fact quite scary to approach), it rewards the visitor with a boomy acoustic which adds shrillness to upper voices and bombast to deeper ones.
Engines may be a touch boomy and the cabin slightly plasticky, but all models will handle with the French company's usual crispness.
The engine may be a bit boomy and the cabin too plasticky, but my goodness, it does handle.