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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 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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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 hotel was bombed a few years ago. The building was completely bombed out (= completely destroyed by a bomb).
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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.
Translations of “bomb”
in Korean 폭탄…
in Arabic قُنْبُلة…
in French bombe…
in Turkish bomba…
in Italian bomba…
in Chinese (Traditional) 武器, 炸彈, 爆炸裝置…
in Russian бомба…
in Polish bomba…
in Spanish bomba…
in Portuguese bomba…
in German die Bombe…
in Catalan bomba…
in Japanese 爆弾…
in Chinese (Simplified) 武器, 炸弹, 爆炸装置…
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