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drop a bombshell

To reveal something that is very surprising or unexpected. Whoa, you can't just drop a bombshell like that and leave—I need details about your new boyfriend! When we got a tip that the newspaper was about to drop a bombshell about our candidate, we all wondered what information they could possibly have.
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drop a bombshell

Make an unexpected or shattering announcement. For example, Bill dropped a bombshell when he said he was quitting. This expression, which alludes to the destruction caused by a falling bomb, dates from World War I.
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drop a bombshell

COMMON If someone drops a bombshell, they suddenly announce a piece of bad news. Next day the bombshell was dropped on the front pages of the newspapers: the company had gone into voluntary liquidation. My ex-wife is on the phone and she drops a bombshell. Sue, our daughter, is leaving the country.
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drop a ˈbombshell

announce something which is unexpected and usually unpleasant: It was then that he dropped the bombshell — he wasn’t planning to come with us.
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drop a bombshell

verb
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drop a bombshell, to

To announce sensational news. This metaphor dates from World War I and likens the devastation caused by falling bombs to the shock of suddenly receiving unexpected tidings. “The letters do not drop any historical bombshells,” wrote a Manchester Guardian reviewer in 1928. See also bolt from the blue.
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The 34-year-old dropped a bombshell on Ibrox yesterday when he announced he'll be leaving the club at the end of the season - TEN YEARS after his pounds 1.5 million move from Spurs.
DERRY caretaker boss Peter Hutton dropped a bombshell yesterday - saying he does not want the job on a permanent basis.
She dropped a bombshell yesterday - 24 hours after her divorce from Prince Charles began - by cutting her links with 107 good causes.