kablooey

noun ka·bloo·ey \ kə-ˈblü-ē \
variants: or less commonly kablooie play \kə-ˈblü-ē\ or kerblooey play \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 Landsberg
  • So 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.

Origin and Etymology of kablooey

imitative


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