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drop a bomb

To say 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 the newspaper threatened to drop a bomb about our candidate, we all wondered what information they could possibly have.
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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.
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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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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

blow up in your face

(of an action, plan, or situation) go drastically wrong with damaging effects to yourself.
See also: blow, face, up

drop a bomb

See also: bomb, drop
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June 2: Samir Kassir, a columnist for An-Nahar daily and critic of Syria is assassinated when a bomb placed under the seat of his car explodes in Beirut.
July 22: A car parked in front of a restaurant explodes on the popular Monnot Street in Beirut, wounding 12.
22: Eight people are wounded when 20 kilograms of TNT explodes next to a hotel in Zalka neighborhood.
The burst charge is timed to explode at an optimal viewing height: 60 to 300 meters (197 to 984 feet) up.
Having a trio of stars, a rare grouping, in which two members explode is a contrived model, Blair admits, but astronomers can test it.
Although nature has no trouble making stars explode, researchers do.
In a few seconds, the wave gathers enough speed to explode as a type II supernova.
The theoretical chain begins with silicon, which is present in the star before it explodes, and is turned to nickel-56 in the supernova shock.
However, stellar processes cannot make the heaviest elements, so for these, theorists evolved the scenario called explosive nucleosynthesis: When stars explode as supernovas, they generate shock waves in which conditions are violent enough to form the heaviest elements.
As the star makes more and more heavy elements, the core gets overburdened and implodes, sending out a shock wave that explodes the rest of the star.
He suggested that a star that had somehow lost its outer layers would explode into a supernova much fainter than a usual type II.
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