Synonyms of bomb in English:


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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
informal a packet, a mint, a bundle, a pile, a wad, a pretty penny, an arm and a leg, a tidy sum, a killing
British informal loadsamoney, shedloads, silly money
North American informal big bucks, big money, gazillions
Australian informal 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
informal belt, pelt, tear, hotfoot it, zap, zip, whip, scoot, scorch, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell
British informal bucket, shift, put one's foot down, go like the clappers, leg it
Scottish informal wheech
North American informal 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
informal flop, fizzle out, flatline, come a cropper, bite the dust, blow up in someone's face, go down like a lead balloon