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boom goes the dynamite

interjection An exclamation used to emphasize when something exceptional has happened, especially when it occurred exactly as one intended. The phrase was popularized after a video of Ball State University student Brian Collins uttering it during a collegiate sportscast went viral on the internet. A: "You've got to use the sniper rifle to take out the guards in the tower, or else you'll never beat this level!" B: "OK, let me just line up my scope and—boom goes the dynamite!" A: "Hey, nice shot!"
See also: boom, dynamite, goes

dynamite charge

An encouragement to a divided jury to come to a verdict. It is also known as the "Allen charge" because such a tactic was employed for the deadlocked jury in the 1896 case Allen v. United States. Come on, let's give the jury a dynamite charge, in the hopes of getting all the jurors to reach a consensus.
See also: charge, dynamite
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1. n. anything potentially powerful: a drug, news, a person. The story about the scandal was dynamite and kept selling papers for a month.
2. mod. excellent; powerful. I want some more of your dynamite enchiladas, please.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Cyprian's being termed a "postulant" refers us back to a recent dream of Reef's, in which he sees his dynamiter father in "a procession of miners in their long rubber coats....
Further family of champion Daryaba, tracing to Pretty Lady, the dam of dual Champion Stakes winner Dynamiter and top-class 2yo Abdos.
One of the half-sisters to Dynamiter and Abdos was Dalama, who won the Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte and was third in the Prix Vermeille, and her branch of the family was extended through her daughter Djebellina, sired by Charlottesville, the present Aga Khan's first Jockey-Club winner.
Her best son was Dynamiter, winner of the Champion Stakes in 1951 and 1952, but her most influential son was Abdos, who won the 1961 Grand Criterium and is broodmare sire of Acamas, Akarad, Akiyda, Darshaan, Delsy, Epervier Bleu-and most notably Shafoun, the sire of Gloria Victis and First Gold.
Robertiya was the first foal of the unraced Safriya, an Aga Khan-bred who derived from the family which gave Marcel Boussac stars in Dynamiter and Abdos.
She gave him a dual Champion Stakes winner in Dynamiter (by Pharis) and an outstanding two-year-old in Abdos (by Arbar), and she was grand-dam of Kano (by Djakao), one of the few who carried the famed orange and grey livery with much distinction in the '70s.
"However, if that should happen it would be better to be blown up together, but I really am nervous (I am not usually such a coward, but Russian nihilists and dynamiters are terrible elements to contend with), and wish they hadn't asked him to go." (34) The following year, a plot referred to as the "2nd March 1st" was thwarted at the last minute.
However, Barry notes that during the Great Mississippi Flood, armed men walk along the tops of the levees looking "for weak points" and "dynamiters" trying to destroy the levee because if the levee on one side of the river is breached, "those on the opposite bank are suddenly safe" (161).
Grover, Debaters and Dynamiters: The Story of the Haywood Trial (1964).
(61) Kari Shaw, 'The Bellingham Herald', Researchers: Dynamiters Diverted Nooksack (20 October 2003), online: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/special-pub/centennial/160541.
That's because one of the Dynamiters assured us that none other than G.
The Scottish borders event comes the day before the main competition at the world's oldest sevens tournament, with Tynedale joining the likes of South African side Hamilton Dynamiters in the veterans section.
The "moral of dynamite," La Croix declared, was that "religion cannot be replaced with the progress of science." (38) After a large explosion on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, the paper warned that this was "not the last word of science without God." (39) In L'Univers, Auguste Roussel explained, "we must recognize that the dynamiters are the product of the secularists." (40) A week later, in a front page opinion piece entitled, "Where Does Dynamite Come From?" the Abbe Gaunier explained both the source and the political ramifications of dynamite.
'Green: The Fenian Dynamiters' (Irish terrorism down to Partition, 1922): 2.
This volume traces the use of weapons by the Irish Republican Army from the Fenian "Dynamiters" of the second half of the 19th century to the decommissioning of the IRA's arsenal in September 2005.