One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1US A letter bomb.
- ‘Apparently our town doctor was the victim of a mail bomb.’
- ‘It is important to be alert for suspicious parcels, but keep in mind that a mail bomb is an extremely rare occurrence.’
- ‘When we looked at that type of a scenario, whether it's anthrax letters or whether it's mail bombs, it is extremely difficult to investigate these cases.’
- ‘Mail bombs may be addressed in distorted handwriting, or the name and address may be prepared with homemade labels or cut-and-paste lettering.’
- ‘Mail bombs continue to be a threat to enterprises, law offices and government agencies.’
2An overwhelming quantity of email messages sent to one address.‘what happens if advertisers don't respond to entreaties and mail bombs?’
- ‘In the fall of 1996, Synder was subjected to a mail bomb: an attempt to flood his electronic mailbox of someone with hundreds of email messages.’
- ‘Their ISP will cancel their account upon receipt of spam complaints or ensuing mail bombs.’
- ‘Worm attacks, domain-name high-jacking, logic bombs, mail bombs and Trojan horses have all been utilized by hackers, but now denial-of-service attacks are gnawing away at the Internet's soft underbelly.’
Send an overwhelming quantity of email messages to (someone)‘if the netizens are really annoyed they'll mail-bomb you’
- ‘EFF Action Alerts are issued regularly on subjects of interests to the organisation, and are intended to help coordinate activism and/or to mail-bomb unlovable companies, agencies and legislators.’
- ‘Posting "spam", and/or posting binaries to non-binary newsgroups, can result in people being mail bombed.’
- ‘The man in question has been mail-bombed a number of times and on one occasion received 250,000 emails within just a couple of hours.’
- ‘If you are found to have spammed or mail bombed, then we will immediately, without warning, disable your domain.’
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