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dynamite

noun [U] uk   /ˈdaɪ.nə.maɪt/ us  
a type of explosive: a stick of dynamite informal something that causes or may cause great shock or excitement: The issue of unemployment is political dynamite (= could cause big political problems) for the government.

dynamite

verb [T] uk   /ˈdaɪ.nə.maɪt/ us  
to destroy something using dynamite: The rebels had dynamited the railway line.
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