Definition of letter bomb in English:

letter bomb

noun

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

    • ‘The identity of the American Unabomber was assisted by the analysis of saliva left on a letter bomb he sent that did not explode.’
    • ‘A letter bomb would be quite heavy, with a thickness of more than 3 cm and dimensions of at least 10 by 15 cm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He also alleged that letter bombs had been sent to his home over the years by ‘sinister forces’.’
    • ‘Four weeks ago, a letter bomb addressed to Mr Attwood was sent to the Belfast headquarters of the Policing Board.’
    • ‘They were also warned to beware of letter bombs and ‘shooting attacks’.’
    • ‘A third letter bomb was discovered before it blew up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Striking firemen have been warned to watch out for letter bombs after three Yorkshire men received devices through the post.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This article describes an anarchist letter bomb of 1919.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

letter bomb

/ˈlɛdər ˌbɑm//ˈledər ˌbäm/