[ bom-shel ]
/ ˈbɒmˌʃɛl /


a bomb.
something or someone having a sudden and sensational effect: The news of his resignation was a bombshell.

Words nearby bombshell

Origin of bombshell

1700–10; 1925–30 for def 2; bomb + shell Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bombshell

/ (ˈbɒmˌʃɛl) /


(esp formerly) a bomb or artillery shell
a shocking or unwelcome surprisethe news of his death was a bombshell
informal an attractive girl or woman (esp in the phrase blonde bombshell)
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Idioms and Phrases with bombshell


see drop a bombshell.

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