I UK [bɒm] / US [bɑm] noun
Word forms "bomb":
singular bomb plural bombs
a) [countable] a weapon made to explode at a particular time or when it hits something

Bombs fell on the city every night for two weeks.

plant a bomb:

The bomb had been planted in a busy street.

b) [only before noun] relating to or caused by a bomb

a bomb attack

a bomb blast/explosion

2) the bomb or the Bomb
old-fashioned nuclear weapons, considered as a group

go down a bomb (with someone)British

informal to be very successful or popular

Anything to do with the Royal Family goes down a bomb with tourists.

make a bomb (doing something/out of something)British

informal to get a lot of money by doing something

You could make a bomb selling those earrings!

cost II

II UK [bɒm] / US [bɑm] verb
Word forms "bomb":
present tense I/you/we/they bomb he/she/it bombs present participle bombing past tense bombed past participle bombed
1) [transitive] to attack a place with a bomb

NATO aircraft bombed the town again last night.

The railway station was bombed by terrorists.

be heavily/badly bombed:

This whole area was heavily bombed during the conflict.

2) [intransitive] British informal to move somewhere very quickly, especially in a vehicle
bomb along/up/down:

I saw you bombing along the street on your bike.

a) [intransitive] informal to be very unsuccessful

His latest film bombed at the box office (= not many people went to see it).

b) [intransitive/transitive] mainly American informal to fail a test very badly
4) [intransitive] computing informal if a computer program bombs, it stops working because of a problem
Phrasal verbs:

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