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[ bom-shel ]


  1. a bomb.
  2. something or someone having a sudden and sensational effect:

    The news of his resignation was a bombshell.


/ ˈbɒmˌʃɛl /


  1. (esp formerly) a bomb or artillery shell
  2. a shocking or unwelcome surprise

    the 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 History and Origins

Origin of bombshell1

1700–10; 1925–30 bombshell fordef 2; bomb + shell

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Idioms and Phrases

see drop a bombshell .

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Example Sentences

Ripple, one of the most important companies in the cryptocurrency industry, said Monday evening that the Securities and Exchange Commission is poised to file a bombshell lawsuit against the company over the alleged sale of unlicensed securities.

From Fortune

That fall, Mehta delivered a bombshell with anonymous Jets players ripping quarterback Tim Tebow.

Ruby is the chocolate world’s newest bombshell, eliciting strong reactions, defying conventions and capturing everyone’s attention.

That could create a bombshell of sorts, depending on how the topic comes up.

From Fortune

Elsewhere, the banking sector is under fire for bombshell revelations disclosed over the weekend in the “FinCEN files.”

From Fortune

Another bombshell: There is no statute of limitations on rape in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Now that Lohan is no longer an A-list celebrity, he washed his hands clean of the redheaded bombshell.

And instead of choosing to drop the Thor bombshell at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con, Marvel revealed the change on The View.

In addition, the blond bombshell-ish McCarthy never connected with the largely female audience to which The View is pitched.

A monumental political bombshell, his obscene downfall was a cinematic gimme, sure to set screenwriter hearts aflutter.

Had a bombshell fallen into the midst of the ladies of the harem, they could not have been more surprised.

It was not that, however, which brought their hilarity to an end, abrupt as though a bombshell had burst in their midst.

If a bombshell had exploded under his feet our middy could hardly have been taken more by surprise.

He describes this vigorous polemical treatise as "flung like a bombshell among my opponents."

Had a bombshell been exploded among the fossilized professors it had been less disturbing.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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