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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.
See also: bomb, drop

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
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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.
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.
See also: blow, face, up
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drop a bomb

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Similar incidents have been reported globally - such as the case of an iPhone exploding in a student's pocket in New Jersey and another one of an iPhone exploding in Australia, burning down the person's car.
The consumer watchdog's report comes on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 scandal, where the (http://www.ibtimes.com/samsung-galaxy-note-7-debacle-cost-company-over-5-billion-2431578) recall of the exploding devices caused the South Korean company an estimated $5 billion.
Astronomers are hoping for new data and detailed images of exploding and collapsing stars, distant quasars (distant young galaxies) and pulsars (pulsating collapsed stars).
(http://abcnews.go.com/US/cpsc-issues-warning-reports-samsung-washing-machines-exploded/story?id=42405123) ABC News reports there have already been 21 cases of  incidents involving these "exploding" washing machines that were reported to (CSPC), so the government agency has already decided to work with Samsung to come up with a fix for the problem. 
"Since Ntaracua have soldiers, it's especially surprising to see workers exploding," Robert Hanus, biochemist at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, told Science.
In the first January issue of ADVANCED MATERIALS, Sailor and his colleagues describe their work with exploding silicon.
As with the new findings, the researchers based that claim on a type of exploding star known as a type 1A supernova.
By checking which detector picks up a photon, they could sometimes ascertain the presence of a bomb without exploding it.
Fragments G and R may only have breached Jupiter's upper troposphere or lower stratosphere before exploding, says Robert W.
Several lines of evidence suggest that the exploding fragments, despite the towering plumes and dark clouds they created, didn't burrow deeply into the Jovian atmosphere.
Emerging from the holes punched in Jupiter's atmosphere by the exploding fragments, plumes of hot, dark material rose higher than 1,000 km above the planet's visible cloud tops.
In essence, they find that exposing loose HAC grains to hot hydrogen gas and ultraviolet radiatidon - a striking parallel to known conditions near expanding and exploding stars - sharply perks up their red light radiation.
Stars with masses more than eight times that of the sun last only a few million years before exploding as Type II supernovas.
Nino Panagia of the University of Catania in Sicily presented what he called "complementary observations' indicating the presence of a "circumstellar shell created by the progenitor's wind in the red supergiant phase.' He concludes that--in spite of the differences from the usual behavior of a Type II supernova that have so excited and perplexed many astrophysicists-- "SN1987A is a normal Type II exploding in a massive star in an unusual phase.
On earth, the first indication of a supernova is light coming directly from the exploding star.