Definition of letter bomb in US English:

letter bomb


  • An explosive device hidden in a small package and sent to someone with the intention of harming or killing them.

    • ‘Striking firemen have been warned to watch out for letter bombs after three Yorkshire men received devices through the post.’
    • ‘A third letter bomb was discovered before it blew up.’
    • ‘Four weeks ago, a letter bomb addressed to Mr Attwood was sent to the Belfast headquarters of the Policing Board.’
    • ‘This article describes an anarchist letter bomb of 1919.’
    • ‘The CIA had trained their field agents to recognize letter bombs and other forms of covert technology, but nothing from Jack's training raised red flags about this envelope.’
    • ‘They were also warned to beware of letter bombs and ‘shooting attacks’.’
    • ‘A letter bomb would be quite heavy, with a thickness of more than 3 cm and dimensions of at least 10 by 15 cm.’
    • ‘More than 100 officers worked on the hunt for McAuliffe, who was arrested three weeks after the first letter bomb was delivered early in September.’
    • ‘After a woman is killed by a letter bomb, Goren and Eames find someone is going through great lengths to discredit an organization called the Foundation.’
    • ‘The identity of the American Unabomber was assisted by the analysis of saliva left on a letter bomb he sent that did not explode.’
    • ‘In the 1998 mail bomb explosion at the Canberra Mail Centre two postal workers were seriously injured when a letter bomb exploded during the normal sorting of mail.’
    • ‘He also alleged that letter bombs had been sent to his home over the years by ‘sinister forces’.’
    • ‘Over a period of five to seven years, particular tactics, such as arson attacks and letter bombs, come to the fore, run their course, then fade away.’
    • ‘On the letter bomb front, army bomb disposal experts were called on to disarm a letter bomb sent to an unnamed agricultural business and a farm.’


letter bomb

/ˈledər ˌbäm//ˈlɛdər ˌbɑm/