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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, demolish, flatten, topple, wreck, devastate, pulverize, obliterate, ravage, smash
2‘she bombed across Texas at a hundred miles an hour’
3‘the film bombed at the box office’
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