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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

lower the boom (on someone or something)

1. To punish someone or something harshly. He's a really strict teacher, so he'll definitely lower the boom on you if you don't do your homework. Well, mom lowered the boom and grounded me for a month because I came home after curfew again.
2. To halt something or bring about its end. I used out demerits to lower the boom on silliness in my class.
See also: boom, lower, someone

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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En 1978, el uruguayo Alfredo Gravina, defensor de un tipo de novela de realismo critico que Vargas Llosa habia llamado "primitiva", publico en la revista cubana Santiago "El boom literario de America Latina: mas desventuras que venturas".
Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the data referring to yaw movement, vertical vibration in relation to the type of terrain and boom position error according to the sprayer and the speed.
Logitech, in its infinite wisdom, has deemed it fit to not launch the UE Boom in India which means that if you want to get your hands on one, you'll have to be willing to pay extra.
In its promotions, the credit union stressed that boom is similar to highly rated prepaid cards such as Green Dot and Bluebird.
Importantly for us as a Welsh group, the synergy with Twofour as a company that has also grown its roots in the regions means that we have expanded our footprint, making the Boom Pictures group a key supplier outside of London.
Posen (2003) was the first to demonstrate that monetary ease--measured either by high rates of narrow or broad monetary aggregate growth, or by low real or nominal instrument interest rates--is neither necessary nor sufficient to cause an asset price boom, looking at cross-national panel data.
Jindal said that while the state requested three million feet of absorbent boom, five million feet of hard boom and 30 'jack up' barges on May 2, on May 24 a total of 815,569 feet of hard boom had been received.
Detailed information about the Toon Boom Pilot Production Program can be found online at: toonboom.
Hydraulic flow for the boom and swing functions of the S-80 and S-85 is directed through Sauer-Danfoss valving.
Enjoy Life Foods, Schiller Park, IL, has launched boom CHOCO boom bars, which are gluten-free chocolate bars that are also dairy-, nut- and soy-free.
Manitowoc points to its National Crane 1400A boom truck.
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center will be conducting a series of sonic boom tests beginning Wednesday to examine the structural response of modern housing construction to sonic booms.
AgGPS[R] EZ-Boom[TM] 2010 provides both application flow control and automatic boom section control that integrates with the Trimble AgGPS[R] EZ-Guide Plus[TM] and/or Field Manager[TM] display.
It's just me babbling," Alexander said when asked if he saw any sort of thread running from his earliest recordings made in the '60s with The Lost to his work with The Boom Boom Band in the '70s that earned him the title of Boston's godfather of punk, to the guitarless music he eventually made with The Persistence of Memory Orchestra, and on into the new material he cooked up with a reconvened Boom Boom Band.
As described in the next section, the IT boom of the 1990s led to a dramatic rise in employment in IT-producing industries, and the subsequent IT retrenchment resulted in a large decline in employment in the early 2000s.