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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.

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Nearby words

drooly, droop, droop nose, droopy, drop, drop a bombshell, drop a brick, drop a dime, drop a line, drop arch, drop away
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