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Would you think that Michaelis had anything to do with the preparation of that bomb, for instance?

And that sentence, uttered carelessly, had come like a bomb into my life.

"So you can hear the bomb explosions," suggested the Countess.

They placed a bomb in a vital spot and set it off, sinking the merchantman.

He got the connection of thoughts when a bomb was slid over the edge.

Dr. Bird looked back toward the building they had tried to bomb.

Coleman was just starting to struggle the bomb out of his pants when the action was over.

Had he flung a bomb into my bed he could not more effectively have startled me.

Mr. Caryll looked whimsically at the secretary a moment; then flung his bomb.

"La Bomba," "The Bomb," was the sign over a saddle and harness shop.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus "a deep, hollow noise; a buzzing or booming sound," from Greek bombos "deep and hollow sound," echoic. Originally of mortar shells, etc.; modern sense of "explosive device placed by hand or dropped from airplane" is 1909. Meaning "old car" is from 1953. Meaning "success" is from 1954 (late 1990s slang the bomb "the best" is probably a fresh formation); opposite sense of "a failure" is from 1963. The bomb "atomic bomb" is from 1945.

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