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drop a bomb

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

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

explode with (something)

1. Literally, to burst and create or discharge something suddenly as a result. The gas main exploded with enough force to send us all flying. The bomb exploded with a piercing boom that left my ears ringing for days.
2. By extension, to verbalize something suddenly and forcefully. The kids exploded with cheers when they saw their favorite cartoon characters take the stage. The baby exploded with sobs when his pacifier fell out of his mouth.
3. To suddenly produce or yield something in large quantities. It won't be long now till my garden is exploding with all kinds of beautiful flowers.
See also: explode
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

drop a bomb(shell)

 and explode a bombshell; drop a brick
Fig. to announce shocking or startling news. They really dropped a bombshell when they announced that the mayor would resign. Friday is a good day to drop a bomb like that. It gives the business world the weekend to recover. They must choose their words very carefully when they explode a bombshell like that. They really dropped a brick when they told her the cause of her illness.
See also: bomb, drop

explode with something

1. . Lit. to make a loud noise upon exploding or releasing energy. The bomb exploded with a thunderous roar. When the joke was finished, the audience exploded with laughter.
2. Fig. to burst out saying something; to be about to burst with eagerness to say something. The children exploded with protests when their parents told them it was bedtime. Hanna was exploding with questions.
3. Fig. to produce a sudden abundance of something. (Alludes to buds bursting or a sudden blooming or sprouting of vegetation.) The fields exploded with an enormous crop of wildflowers. The cherry trees exploded with blossoms.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

blow up in your face


explode in your face

COMMON If a situation blows up in your face or explodes in your face, it has a bad result that you did not expect. His outburst yesterday could blow up in his face. Those that have supported his cause will certainly question his motives. The scandal has exploded in the government's face.
See also: blow, face, up
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

blow up in your face

(of an action, plan, or situation) go drastically wrong with damaging effects to yourself.
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drop a bomb

See also: bomb, drop
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The passenger van's gas cylinder exploded near Kashmore, resulting in the death of five people, including two women and two children, on the spot and burn injuries to several others.
In March this year, a 28-year-old man in Hyderabad had sustained burn injuries after his brand new phone exploded while he was riding a scooter.
In January, Longwood mum Donna Senior, was left reeling after an imitation iPhone charger exploded feet away from her sleeping five-week-old daughter.
Also Monday, the Associated Press reported that in the northern city of Kirkuk, a car bomb exploded next to a police patrol, injuring four police officers, while one person was killed when a motorcycle with a bomb planted inside it exploded.
The 30-year-old worker was standing behind the water boiler when it exploded allegedly due to a short circuit that resulted from faulty wiring, said a source.
Another oil rig - owned by a Houston-based company - has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.
In another incident, three people were wounded when a bomb exploded in a
The householder heard a noise at his front door and was on his way to investigate when the device exploded.
The bus entered a service station to have one of its tires inflated and the tire exploded as a result of excessive pressure.
Summary: Three suspected Israeli spy devices have exploded in south Lebanon, two detonated remotely by the Israeli army and one destroyed by the Lebanese army, a military official said on Sunday.
PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): Two land mines were recovered and exploded on Pul-i-Alam-Charkh Road in central Logar province on Tuesday.
ON December 3 1992, two bombs exploded in the centre of Manchester injuring 64 people.
BOMBS exploded at a bus station and a small market in Baghdad, killing 11 people and wounding 26 others yesterday, police and hospital officials said.
A China Airlines jet exploded into flames at an airport in Japan after arriving from Taiwan yesterday, but all 165 people aboard escaped alive, officials said.