Synonyms of bomb in English:


See definition of bomb


1‘as they approached they saw bombs bursting on the runway’


explosive, incendiary device, incendiary, device

missile, projectile, trajectile

dated blockbuster, bombshell

2the bomb‘for nearly half a century, the world has lived with the bomb’


nuclear weapons, nuclear bombs, atom bombs, A-bombs

3a bomb‘building a new superstore will take months and cost a bomb’


a fortune, a small fortune, a king's ransom, a huge amount, a vast sum, a large sum of money, a lot, millions, billions

a packet, a mint, a bundle, a pile, a wad, a pretty penny, an arm and a leg, a tidy sum, a killing

loadsamoney, shedloads, silly money

North American big bucks, big money, gazillions

Australian big bickies


1‘their headquarters were bombed in the blitz’


bombard, drop bombs on, explode, blast

shell, torpedo, blitz, strafe, pound

attack, assault, raid

blow up, blow to bits, blow sky-high, destroy, wipe out, level, raze, raze to the ground, demolish, flatten, topple, wreck, devastate, pulverize, obliterate, ravage, smash

archaic cannonade

2‘she bombed across Texas at a hundred miles an hour’


speed, hurry, race, run, sprint, dash, bolt, dart, rush, hasten, hurtle, career, streak, shoot, whizz, zoom, go like lightning, go hell for leather, spank along, bowl along, rattle along, whirl, whoosh, buzz, swoop, flash, blast, charge, stampede, gallop, sweep, hare, fly, wing, scurry, scud, scutter, scramble

belt, pelt, tear, hotfoot it, leg it, zap, zip, whip, scoot, scorch, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell

bucket, shift, put one's foot down, go like the clappers

Scottish wheech

North American clip, boogie, hightail, barrel, lay rubber, get the lead out

North American vulgar slang drag ass, haul ass, tear ass

literary fleet

archaic post, hie

rare drive


amble, stroll

3‘the film bombed at the box office’


fail, be unsuccessful, not succeed, lack success, fall through, fall flat, break down, abort, miscarry, be defeated, suffer defeat, be in vain, be frustrated, collapse, founder, misfire, backfire, not come up to scratch, meet with disaster, come to grief, come to nothing, come to naught, miss the mark, run aground, go astray

flop, fizzle out, flatline, come a cropper, bite the dust, blow up in someone's face, go down like a lead balloon