Definition of mail bomb in English:

mail bomb


  • 1US

    another term for letter bomb
    • ‘Apparently our town doctor was the victim of a mail bomb.’
    • ‘Mail bombs continue to be a threat to enterprises, law offices and government agencies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is important to be alert for suspicious parcels, but keep in mind that a mail bomb is an extremely rare occurrence.’
    • ‘Mail bombs may be addressed in distorted handwriting, or the name and address may be prepared with homemade labels or cut-and-paste lettering.’
  • 2An overwhelmingly large quantity of email messages sent to one email address.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • Send an overwhelmingly large quantity of email messages to (someone)

    • ‘If you are found to have spammed or mail bombed, then we will immediately, without warning, disable your domain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


mail bomb

/ˈmāl bäm/