The death penalty is political dynamite. Verb
They plan to dynamite the old building. Adjective
They put on a dynamite performance.
a summer blockbuster that features some really dynamite special effects
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In fact, modern terrorism can be chalked up to the invention of dynamite in 1867.—Audrey Kurth Cronin, Foreign Affairs, 22 Nov. 2023 Two supervisors had candy boxes stuffed with dynamite delivered to their homes.—Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2023 Here are some things to know about the Nobel Prizes:
An idea more powerful than dynamite
The Nobel Prizes were created by Alfred Nobel, a 19th-century businessman and chemist from Sweden.—Karl Ritter, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Oct. 2023 Annual prizes for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace were established in the will of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite, who died in 1896.—Niclas Rolander, Fortune, 9 Oct. 2023 The honor is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, in 1895.—Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Oct. 2023 Explore Kaylee Shimizu The Beatles See latest videos, charts and news
The 17-year-old gave us feathery touches, through to the dynamite, and earned a four-chair turn.—Lars Brandle, Billboard, 4 Oct. 2023 The inventor of dynamite reportedly left about $265 million dollars to fund the prizes, officially launched in 1901, meant to honor men and women from around the world for outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and fostering peace.—Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 28 Sep. 2023 Klansmen had placed a bundle of dynamite outside the church under a set of stairs on that day in 1963.—Kimberly Chandler The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 16 Sep. 2023
The gossip-curious hoping Sonic Love is a tell-all dishing how and why Moore could dynamite the Royal Couple of art rock will leave unfulfilled.—Vulture, 20 Oct. 2023 In light of that, celebrity couples have seemed to turn inward, dynamiting and detonating their long-term partnerships.—Raven Smith, Vogue, 9 Aug. 2023 New York ended up dynamiting spaces out of bedrock rather than impose the solution worked out by every multi-child family in history.—Curbed, 13 Feb. 2023 Three years ago, his 20-year-old brother, while farming, was struck in the head during a rockfall caused by dynamiting, Mamoudou recounted.—Rachel Chason and Chloe Sharrock, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Apr. 2023 Over a three-year period, the aqueduct was dynamited more than a dozen times.—Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2023 Catton’s big theme is plunder, and her millennial crusaders are as fervent in their protection of New Zealand’s resources as Lemoine is determined to dynamite and exploit them.—Hillary Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2023 Our carefully curated list includes only the cream of the crop – the dynamite your romantic partner is dreaming of.—Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 Dirty bombs use conventional explosives like dynamite placed alongside radioactive material, which is then thrown outward by the blast.—Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2022
And attackman McCabe Millon was dynamite when the ball was in his stick.—Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 28 July 2023 Survivor: Redemption Island The first three episodes were dynamite, but then the fuse blew out.—Dalton Ross, EW.com, 18 May 2023 And together, the coaches are dynamite.—Billboard Staff, Billboard, 21 Sep. 2021 Life is dynamite, indeed.—Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 17 Dec. 2020 Back in 2008, Tech had a swashbuckling coach with a fondness for all things pirates in Mike Leach and a dynamite pass-catch combination in Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree that collaborated on the winning touchdown.—Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2022 The dynamite combination of clams and black pudding (blood sausage) married land and sea, the Christmas spices and iodine tang of the pudding and the briny sweetness of the clams knitted together with apple, onions, parsley, and a cider gastrique.—Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 27 Jan. 2023 For better or worse, that’s the kind of stuff that really drives culture in 2023 — though it should be said that none of this off-court interest would last (or likely even exist at the first place) without a dynamite pop song at the center of it.—Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 25 Jan. 2023 Grier shared Jimi Hendrix stories, Redd spilled tea about maybe kinda sorta being high for his Saturday Night Live audition, and Andy Cohen did a dynamite job of seeming like someone who’s cool with people being high on their live television show.—Vulture, 4 Nov. 2022 See More
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Though the principal figure in the development of dynamite, Alfred nobel, was Swedish, the earliest patent for the substance (May, 1867) was filed in the United Kingdom, so the word was effectively first introduced in English rather than in Swedish or German.