drop a bombshell

Make an unexpected or shattering announcement. For example, Bill dropped a bombshell when he said he was quitting. This expression, which alludes to the destruction caused by a falling bomb, dates from World War I.


Nearby words

  1. drooly,
  2. droop,
  3. droop nose,
  4. droopy,
  5. drop,
  6. drop a brick,
  7. drop a dime,
  8. drop a line,
  9. drop arch,
  10. drop away

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