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bomb

noun uk   /bɒm/ us    /bɑːm/

bomb noun (WEAPON)

B1 [C] a weapon that explodes and is used to kill or hurt people or to damage buildings: A 100-pound bomb exploded/went off today, injuring three people. The terrorists had planted a bomb near the police station. During the Second World War, the British dropped a huge number of bombs on Dresden. the bomb one or more atom bombs: The US was the first country to have the bomb.

bomb noun (FAILURE)

[S] US informal something that has failed: The play was a real bomb.

bomb noun (MONEY)

a bomb UK informal a lot of money: That coat must have cost a bomb.

bomb

verb uk   /bɒm/ us    /bɑːm/

bomb verb (USE WEAPON)

B1 [T] to drop bombs on something: Planes bombed the city every night. B1 [T] to destroy something by exploding a bomb inside it: This pub was bombed a few years ago. The building was completely bombed out (= completely destroyed by a bomb).

bomb verb (GO FAST)

[I + adv/prep] informal to travel very fast in a vehicle: He was bombing along on his motorbike.

bomb verb (FAIL)

[I] mainly US informal to fail: Her last book really bombed.
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