Definition of bombed-out in English:



  • 1[attributive] (of a building or city) destroyed by bombing.

    • ‘There are plenty of bombed-out buildings, but they're interspersed.’
    • ‘There's even a portrait of John - commissioned by the Italians - of him rescuing a young girl from a bombed-out building.’
    • ‘We're finally reaching the stage where we can begin new construction, rather than just reconstruct bombed-out buildings.’
    • ‘Bullet-pocked, bombed-out buildings line the way.’
    • ‘War-torn Germany is provocatively portrayed with bombed-out buildings and spontaneous marketplaces arising out of stark, rubble-lined streets.’
    • ‘In that the mental, conceptual and technical voids were even more gaping and glaring than the physical ones in bombed-out cities.’
    • ‘We lived in the heart of the bombed-out city of Hull.’
    • ‘But they won't find what they're really looking for in the bombed-out buildings of the city.’
    • ‘A glowing white ball of light appears amid the ruins of a bombed-out building.’
    • ‘The mayor has likened Montreal to a bombed-out city, claiming parking lots ‘shamefully disfigure’ the city's downtown core.’
    • ‘He returned to the bombed-out building twice a day for 17 days to get files and other things.’
    • ‘Although there has been a lot of development in the area, some of the same bombed-out buildings are still standing, just as they were 60 years ago.’
    • ‘‘It was basically 1,000 guys at the time living in a bombed-out building with no electricity, no plumbing and no bathrooms,’ the colonel says.’
    • ‘The exiles had trickled back; but, like evacuees returning to a bombed-out city, they found terrible ruin.’
    • ‘And it is such a cold, unforgiving place that the symbolism of a bombed-out building is unavoidable.’
    • ‘During the war, when he was the most famous journalist in London, he had a series of affairs with refugee women living out the war in the bombed-out city.’
    • ‘Two empty-faced women, like bombed-out buildings themselves, stood near us, their eyes unfocused.’
    • ‘He was a tipper truck driver first transporting shells and then debris cleared up from bombed-out towns and villages.’
    • ‘A bombed-out building face at the back, battlefield wastes, as well an abandoned church: it felt like there was no way out for the cast or the audience.’
    • ‘Personally I think some of these bombed-out buildings should be preserved, as memorials to their former inhabitants.’
  • 2informal

    another term for bombed