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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.

bomb around

1. To move around (some place) very quickly and recklessly. I was afraid someone was going to get hurt from the way the kids kept bombing around the house. There was little else to do in such a rural town besides bomb around in our cars.
2. To travel around (some place) very quickly. We spent the summer bombing around Europe on motorcycles.
See also: around, bomb

bomb out (of something)

To fail spectacularly or to a great degree. Despite all the media hype, the major summer blockbuster really bombed out. He graduated at the top of his class, but his brother bombed out of college in just one semester.
See also: bomb, out

bomb out at (something)

To be eliminated from some competitive event due to a very poor performance. After bombing out at the 2001 Junior Nationals, I never really felt motivated to play table tennis at a competitive level again.
See also: bomb, out

bomb out on (something)

1. To fail or do very poorly at something, especially an exam. I felt sure that I had bombed out on the test, so I was shocked to learn I had gotten a B+.
2. To quit, abandon, or choose not to go through with something. I bombed out on the horseback riding after hearing about Sarah's accident. Tom keeps bombing out on our plans.
See also: bomb, on, out

bomb through (something)

1. To release bombs that must travel through something else before exploding. Bomb through the leaves to the base down below!
2. To use bombs to gain access to something. They'll bomb through the wall to get in here if they have to.
3. To have rapid success in some area. Can you believe that he's bombed through all those AP courses and he's only a junior?
4. To proceed quickly and forcefully through some thing or area. The boys bombed through the house in pursuit of snacks.
See also: bomb, through


slang To surprise someone (intentionally or unintentionally) by unexpectedly appearing in a photo they have taken or are trying to take. Kevin, quit photobombing us! We just want to take one nice picture! Ugh, the guy in front of us must have moved because he ended up totally photobombing us.
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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).




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