blockbuster

[ blok-buhs-ter ]
/ ˈblɒkˌbʌs tər /

noun

an aerial bomb containing high explosives and weighing from four to eight tons, used as a large-scale demolition bomb.
a motion picture, novel, etc., especially one lavishly produced, that has or is expected to have wide popular appeal or financial success.
something or someone that is forcefully or overwhelmingly impressive, effective, or influential: The campaign was a blockbuster.
a real-estate speculator who practices blockbusting.

Origin of blockbuster

First recorded in 1940–45; block + buster
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blockbuster

/ (ˈblɒkˌbʌstə) /

noun informal

a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas or strengthened targets
a very successful, effective, or forceful person, thing, etc
a lavish film, show, novel, etc, that proves to be an outstanding popular success

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