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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 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 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


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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Hijaziyah Hamid al-Helou, 80, succumbed to wounds sustained in the bombing of her home in Gaza City on Saturday night.
Mohammad Ayman Ashour, 15, died in the same bombing.
Russell rejects any suggestion that the Allied bombing campaign, with its aim of ending the war, was morally equivalent to the actions of the Nazi regime that led to the war in the first place; the bombing of Dresden was not the equivalent of Auschwitz.
Karl Rove believes that bombing Iran will get the Republicans through the 2006 election, Klare says.
In 1997, he allegedly orchestrated a dozen bombings in Cuba intended to deter the growing tourism trade.
The near-simultaneous attacks increased the lethality of the bombings, which targeted mainly Western tourists.
Shots of army technicians preparing "Little Boy" for the strike and footage of the actual bombing runs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both drawn from US military archives, are followed by an animated portrayal of the impact on the ground (executed in anime, the at once sophisticated and juvenile cartoon style popular both in Japan and among cult aficionados here).
Distinctions will be drawn between individual terrorism (the September 11 attacks); International State terrorism (United States and United Kingdom bombing of Afghanistan); State regime or Government terror (Israel's occupation and massacre of the Palestinians); State-sponsored or State-supported terrorism (United States financial and military support for Israel); and a national liberation struggle (Palestine).
Lieutenant Commander Lynn Du Temple of VA195 became known as "The Whistler" after he was hit during a bombing run on a railroad bridge near Hamhung in eastern North Korea.
officials have conceded that despite claims to good intelligence on the factory, they did not even know who owned it until after the bombing.
warplanes were bombing the Bosnian Serbs to force them to begin serious peace negotiations, Leighton Smith, the commander of all U.
I attended the review conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, weathered the bombing of our flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, by the French secret service, and protested the Reagan administration's plans to renew testing in the Nevada desert.
With the second anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing at hand, along with attention to the capture of a suspected ringleader and a trial of those accused of plotting to blow up city buildings and political targets, security experts were advised to be on the alert for a commemorative action by terrorists.