I noun astonishment, bewilderment, blow, consternation, eye opener, inexpectation, jolt, nonexpectation, shock, startler, stupefaction, sudden attack, sudden burst, surprisal, surprise, surprise package, thunderbolt, thunderclap, unawaited event, unexpected event, the unforeseen II index bomb

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  • Bombshell — Bomb shell , n. 1. A bomb. See {Bomb}, n. [1913 Webster] 2. something or someone that stuns or amazes, especially suddenly and unexpectedly; as, the news of the president s affair was a political bombshell; a blonde bombshell. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bombshell — 1708, from BOMB (Cf. bomb) (n.) + SHELL (Cf. shell) (n.). The figurative sense of shattering or devastating thing or event attested from 1860. In reference to a pretty woman (especially a blonde) it is attested from 1942 ( Bombshell as title of a …   Etymology dictionary

  • bombshell — ► NOUN 1) something that comes as a great surprise and shock. 2) informal a very attractive woman …   English terms dictionary

  • bombshell — [bäm′shel΄] n. 1. BOMB (n. 1) 2. any shocking surprise 3. something which arouses great interest or excitement; sensation; specif., a woman with remarkable sex appeal, typically one who is blond and buxom …   English World dictionary

  • Bombshell — The term bombshell is a forerunner to the sex symbol and originally used to describe popular female sex icons.exual connotationsBombshells are a special kind of sex symbol. Bombshells are popular icons recognized for their curves, sex appeal and… …   Wikipedia

  • bombshell — UK [ˈbɒmˌʃel] / US [ˈbɑmˌʃel] noun [countable] Word forms bombshell : singular bombshell plural bombshells informal an event or piece of news that is unexpected and shocking The announcement of job losses came as an absolute bombshell. drop a… …   English dictionary

  • bombshell — noun VERB + BOMBSHELL ▪ be, come as (BrE) ▪ His revelation was a bombshell. ▪ The news came as a bombshell. ▪ drop ▪ Then sh …   Collocations dictionary

  • bombshell — [[t]bɒ̱mʃel[/t]] bombshells N COUNT A bombshell is a sudden piece of bad or unexpected news. His resignation after thirteen years is a political bombshell... The police told me. It was a bombshell. I had no idea. ● PHRASE: V and N inflect If… …   English dictionary

  • bombshell — bomb|shell [ bam,ʃel ] noun count INFORMAL 1. ) an event or piece of news that is unexpected and shocking: The announcement of job losses came as a total bombshell. drop a bombshell (=give an unexpected and shocking piece of news): Anna suddenly… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bombshell — bomb|shell [ˈbɔmʃel US ˈba:m ] n 1.) an unexpected and very shocking piece of news ▪ Then came the bombshell: the factory was to close down. ▪ Finally she dropped the bombshell . She was pregnant, she said. 2.) blonde bombshell humorous a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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