fallout shelter


: a shelter built underground to protect people from radioactive fallout
Beginning in the 1970s, curious tales began to emerge from Washington, D.C., about a "doomsday hotel." Located near the nation's capital, it was said to be the ultimate fallout shelter. But only for the well-connected.Popular Mechanics

Examples of fallout shelter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The basement, which used to be an unground fallout shelter, has also been turned into a wine cellar. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 6 July 2023 Kennedy encouraged but didn’t subsidize construction of these private bunkers (though his administration did implement a fallout shelter loan program). Jenn Morson, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Feb. 2023 Dorothy thinks her dad could easily have built a fallout shelter. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2020 Just a few years earlier, there was the Victorville gold mine that became a fallout shelter — for a while, anyway. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2021 One third-season episode, rushed into production during the Berlin Crisis of 1961, involves a suburban doctor who denies his unprepared neighbors entry into his fallout shelter on the apparent eve of nuclear war, triggering their reversion to near-savagery. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2022 The anti-nuclear movement grew out of this, and with it, pop culture images of the family fallout shelter took a turn for the cynical. Thomas Bishop, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Apr. 2022 Tomorrow: More tales from the crypt, er, the fallout shelter. John Kelly, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2020 When Putin started talking about nuclear weapons, Narro posted a fallout shelter sign to social media. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fallout shelter was in 1955

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“Fallout shelter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fallout%20shelter. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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