bomb


bomb
1 noun (C)
1 WEAPON a weapon made of material that will explode: A bomb was planted at the railway station.
-see also: atom bomb, hydrogen bomb, letter bomb, neutron bomb, stink bomb, time bomb
2 the bomb used to describe nuclear weapons, and especially the hydrogen bomb: a `ban the bomb' campaign
3 cost a bomb BrE informal to cost a lot of money
4 go like a bomb BrE informal
a) if a car goes like a bomb, it can travel very quickly
b) if a party goes like a bomb, it is very successful
5 make a bomb BrE informal to get a lot of money by doing something
(+out of): If you could get some of that cheap pottery back to England, you could make a bomb out of it. 2 verb
1 (T) to attack a place by leaving a bomb there, or by dropping bombs on it from a plane: The town was heavily bombed in World War II.
2 (I) BrE informal to move or drive very quickly: Suddenly a police car came bombing down the high street.
3 (I, T) AmE informal to fail a test very badly: I bombed my mid-term.
4 (I) especially AmE if a play bombs, it is not successful: His latest play bombed on Broadway.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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