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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

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OPRAH Winfrey dropped a bombshell live on air on Friday, promising she'll reveal "a family secret" on her show tomorrow night.
But in testimony before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, County Registrar-Recorder Conny McCormack dropped a bombshell that should shatter the panel's ruling: The new technology could ``disenfranchise'' even more voters than the old punch cards.
Dell: Early this morning, Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) dropped a bombshell on the semiconductor market.
We dropped a bombshell that's sure to echo throughout the industry," stated Del Holland, vice president and general manager of Six Flags California.
On April 30, 2000, the Company dropped a bombshell on investors when it disclosed that it will restate its 1999 financial results.