bomb·​shell | \ ˈbäm-ˌshel How to pronounce bombshell (audio) \

Definition of bombshell

2a : one that is stunning, amazing, or devastating The book was a political bombshell.
b : a person who is the cause and object of sensational and usually widespread attention, excitement, or attraction a blonde bombshell [=a glamorously attractive blonde woman]

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Examples of bombshell in a Sentence

discovering that I had a long-lost sister was an absolute bombshell
Recent Examples on the Web The majority leader has been teasing his plan ever since Politico published a bombshell report Monday evening revealing the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 5 May 2022 The survey of 10,441 adults was conducted March 7-13, before Monday’s bombshell leak, with a reported margin of sampling error of plus or minus 1.5 percentage points. Nigel Chiwaya, NBC News, 6 May 2022 The report reached a bombshell conclusion: that the U.K. government should suspend the BVI’s constitution, dissolve local government, and impose direct rule for at least two years. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 6 May 2022 The cut is classic — long layers that reach well past her shoulders, blown out with bombshell volume and topped off with long, brow-surpassing bangs. Marci Robin, Allure, 6 May 2022 Almost twelve hours after the bombshell leak, the White House remains silent. Erin Spencer Sairam, Forbes, 3 May 2022 In a bombshell leak, Politico obtained a draft of the majority decision, which Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed is authentic. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 3 May 2022 Politico’s Monday night scoop that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was a history-altering bombshell based on something nearly unprecedented in the high court’s modern era — a leak of a draft opinion. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 The three cable news networks all covered this bombshell Monday night, with slightly different emphases. Peter Weber, The Week, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bombshell

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2022

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“Bombshell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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