kablooey

noun
ka·bloo·ey | \ kə-ˈblü-ē \
variants: or less commonly kablooie \kə-ˈblü-ē \ or kerblooey \kər-ˈblü-ē \

Definition of kablooey 

informal

: the sound of an explosion heard a loud kablooey often used interjectionally Then, kablooie! A power outage shut down three big-box stores … —Mitchell LandsbergSo what determines confidence? The actual level of debt has some influence — but it's not as if there's a red line, where you cross 90 or 100 percent of GDP and kablooie. —Paul Krugman also : an explosion or series of explosions especially when used for effect (as in a movie) … conveying a story of corporate greed and institutional carelessness while hitting the viewer with all the taut, big-budget kablooey they can handle. —Brad Wheeler This wasn't Gaga's party. Even through all the airborne pomp and pyrotechnic kablooey, she ultimately seemed like a guest — and one who didn't want to overstay her welcome. —Chris Richards

go kablooey also go kablooie or go kerblooey
informal

1 : to burst violently : explode What plays best of all, of course, is a spaceship going kablooey all over the screen. —Tad Friend So is this something homeowners should consider? A spate of municipal water pipes going kerblooey last spring might prompt some to think so. —David Lazarus

2 : to suffer complete failure, destruction, or ruin especially in a sudden or spectacular way One of several prize prospects of the mid-80s, he tried a comeback with the Rangers after his career went kablooey. —Kevin Sherrington … went public … just a few months before the technology-stock bubble went kablooey. —Scott Barancik et al.

First Known Use of kablooey

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kablooey

imitative

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