bombshell

[bom-shel]
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Origin of bombshell

1700–10; 1925–30 for def 2; bomb + shell
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Historical Examples of bombshell

  • I found out afterwards that they'd been on the lookout for the bombshell for half an hour.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • A second potato burst like a bombshell on the shingles behind him.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Had a bombshell burst over my head the effect could have been no greater.

    The Long Voyage

    Carl Richard Jacobi

  • If a bombshell had dropped into Sellersville, consternation could not have been more complete.

    The Mountain Divide

    Frank H. Spearman

  • His appearance in the fray was like that of a bombshell timed to explode in its midst.

    The Mountain Divide

    Frank H. Spearman


British Dictionary definitions for bombshell

bombshell

noun
  1. (esp formerly) a bomb or artillery shell
  2. a shocking or unwelcome surprisethe news of his death was a bombshell
  3. informal an attractive girl or woman (esp in the phrase blonde bombshell)
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Word Origin and History for bombshell
n.

1708, from bomb (n.) + shell (n.). The figurative sense of "shattering or devastating thing or event" attested from 1860. In reference to a pretty woman (especially a blonde) it is attested from 1942 ("Bombshell" as title of a movie starring blond U.S. actress Jean Harlow (1911-1937) is from 1933).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with bombshell

bombshell

see drop a bombshell.

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