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"bomb" in British English

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bombnoun

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 World War II, 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.

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bombverb

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 hotel was bombed a few years ago. The building was completely bombed out (= completely destroyed by a bomb).

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(Definition of bomb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bomb" in American English

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bombnoun [C]

 us   /bɑm/
  • bomb noun [C] (WEAPON)

a weapon that explodes: Was there any warning before the bomb went off?
  • bomb noun [C] (FAIL)

infml a complete failure: The last play was a bomb.

bombverb

 us   /bɑm/
  • bomb verb (WEAPON)

[T] to explode bombs, or to drop bombs from aircraft: They bombed enemy airfields.
  • bomb verb (FAIL)

[I] infml to fail completely: A lot of students bombed on that last exam.
(Definition of bomb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bomb" in Business English

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bombnoun [S]

uk   us   /bɒm/ UK informal
cost a bomb
to cost a lot of money: Bank loans, if available at all, cost a bomb.
make a bomb
to make a lot of money: They made a bomb selling scrap metal.

bombverb [I]

uk   us   /bɒm/ US informal
to fail very badly: The movie bombed at the box office.
(Definition of bomb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “bomb”
in Korean 폭탄…
in Arabic قُنْبُلة…
in Malaysian bom…
in French bombe…
in Russian бомба…
in Chinese (Traditional) 武器, 炸彈, 爆炸裝置…
in Italian bomba…
in Turkish bomba…
in Polish bomba…
in Spanish bomba…
in Vietnamese quả bom…
in Portuguese bomba…
in Thai ลูกระเบิด…
in German die Bombe…
in Catalan bomba…
in Japanese 爆弾…
in Chinese (Simplified) 武器, 炸弹, 爆炸装置…
in Indonesian bom…
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