Definition of bombshell in US English:



  • 1An overwhelming surprise or disappointment.

    ‘the news came as a bombshell’
    • ‘Then, the other night, while drunk, depressed and emotionally lost (for various reasons), she dropped a bombshell on me.’
    • ‘But when the gas central heating packed in, insurers dropped a bombshell.’
    • ‘Instead, she released an explosive bombshell in the courtroom.’
    • ‘Bosses dropped a bombshell on employees just weeks before Christmas, announcing the company would shut because it was trading at a loss.’
    • ‘Just days after he announced he'd stay leader for as long as the party wanted him the prime minister dropped a bombshell.’
    • ‘The Yorkshire captain has dropped a bombshell by announcing his retirement from first class cricket.’
    • ‘Three weeks later, and one week before the union election, the President ‘dropped a bombshell,’ as the Miami New Times put it.’
    • ‘The publication in November 2001 triggered the anticipated bombshell.’
    • ‘So you can imagine their shock when just minutes after their daughter Harriet was born doctors dropped a bombshell.’
    • ‘Then Dave dropped a bombshell - he quit calling and started seeing another girl.’
    • ‘The Wanderers boss dropped a bombshell when he sent an email to every club in Britain, making seven of his players available for transfer.’
    • ‘These recommendations are not bombshells; they are mostly common sense.’
    • ‘But then Sadesky drops his own bombshell: the Russians have designed and built a Doomsday Device as a deterrent.’
    • ‘After this week's fuss over news we can expect bigger and more explosive bombshells in future.’
    • ‘A month later, bosses dropped a bombshell by announcing that the factory was too old and would have to close, with the loss of 500 jobs.’
    • ‘Almost as soon as the train departed, the conductor dropped a bombshell.’
    • ‘The Blues boss dropped a bombshell earlier this season when he said he intended to quit when his current contract runs out in the summer of 2006.’
    • ‘I move on to the projections that were released as something of a bombshell last week.’
    • ‘Last Wednesday the Minister for Social Development and Employment dropped a bombshell on the horizon.’
    • ‘Just as the season is about to start they have dropped a bombshell with these guidance notes.’
    blow, upset, disturbance, source of distress, source of amazement, source of consternation
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  • 2informal A very attractive woman.

    ‘a twenty-year-old blonde bombshell’
    • ‘Of course, when you are a blonde bombshell, there are bound to be white knights coming out of the old-world woodwork.’
    • ‘The blonde bombshell stayed in the Burlington Hotel last night before flying back to London today.’
    • ‘Suzie, who impersonates the blonde bombshell for a living, dressed up as the screen icon for a day at the races.’
    • ‘I awoke to find myself lying next to the blonde bombshell who was sleeping peacefully in my arms.’
    • ‘One of them looked up at the approaching sight of the blonde bombshell in a short skirt and black leather jacket wrapped tight around her very arousing figure.’
    • ‘At just 19, the actress has filled the shoes of Hollywood legends and reinterpreted the blonde bombshell for a new century.’
    • ‘The hockey star seemed a little overprotective of his blonde bombshell, going so far as to give an autograph seeker the evil eye and a few choice words.’
    • ‘Rhos of course, wore only black, being the blonde bombshell she was.’
    • ‘Blonde bombshell Turner was his third wife for about six months, gorgeous brunette Gardner, his fifth for about a year.’
    • ‘The blonde bombshell picked up the wriggling puppy and folded him under her arm.’
    • ‘This point was highlighted by contributors to the documentary, who indicated that an articulate and intelligent woman lay underneath the blonde bombshell.’
    • ‘While keeping an eye on Marilyn Monroe (whom Sinatra had put up at one of his LA pads), Jacobs is propositioned by the the blonde bombshell.’
    • ‘Her treatment of the role was Marilyn Monroe to the core, except Louise has a far better voice than the blonde bombshell.’
    • ‘Later on, photographers caught up with her again, and the blonde bombshell loudly declared, ‘I love New York!’’
    • ‘It's the blonde bombshell's battle for big bucks.’
    • ‘To Walter's surprise he ends up with the stunningly beautiful Nadia, a blonde bombshell who seems personable and level-headed.’
    • ‘Though it obviously wasn't Marilyn herself posing for the camera, the king-size bed she chose to lounge on was previously owned by the blonde bombshell.’
    • ‘Naomi smiled and the blonde bombshell snootily followed her, without giving a backward glance.’
    • ‘She is the object of their often distracted attentions, a blonde bombshell and all-around American girl.’
    • ‘Lupin and his boys are saved from capture by a blonde bombshell and an Indian in a wheelchair.’
    beautiful woman, belle, vision, charmer, enchantress, venus, goddess, beauty queen, english rose, picture, seductress
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  • 3dated An artillery shell.

    • ‘V-Day went past this year leaving a huge hangover of love, friendship, sentiment and a few bullets and bombshells as well, that spilled all over the city screens.’
    • ‘So we have bombshells that hit every corner of the airport, and of course they strike a lot of airplanes.’
    • ‘To avoid being struck by bombshells and bullets, my entire family descended to the dark bomb shelter below our house and hid.’
    explosive, incendiary device, incendiary, device
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