letter bomb


Definition of letter bomb

: an explosive device concealed in an envelope and mailed to the intended victim

Examples of letter bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two letter bombs found Wednesday were the first to detonate. Fox News, "Letter bomb explodes, catches fire in Amsterdam office, fourth for Netherlands in two days," 14 Feb. 2020 This included sections from a manifesto produced by Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, who over a number of years sent letter bombs to several universities and airlines, killing three people and wounding 23 others. NBC News, "Neo-Nazis from U.S. and Europe build far-right links at concerts in Germany," 22 Mar. 2020 The earlier letter bombs targeted a range of businesses, including a hotel, a gas station, a garage, a real estate agent and a bill collection service. Monika Pronczuk, New York Times, "Dutch Police Hunt for Mail Bomber Who Demanded Bitcoin Payoff," 12 Feb. 2020 The Greek police suspect the group was behind all the 2017 letter bombs. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Recent Explosions in Greece Spark Worries of Emerging Urban Violence," 27 Dec. 2018 Now, half-blind and half-deaf from a letter bomb that went off close to his face in prison in 1993, Roberto has dreams of becoming a smartphone maker by following in the footsteps of Samsung with its Galaxy Fold. Allen Kim, CNN, "Pablo Escobar's brother released a foldable smartphone that he claims can only be destroyed by fire," 4 Dec. 2019 In the following decades, the letter bomb would become common tool of political agitation. Simon R. Gardner, The Atlantic, "98 Years of Mail Fraud," 4 May 2018 Yet the president has expressed frustration that his latest proposals have been drowned out by news coverage of the letter bombs sent to prominent Democrats. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "Trump Rolls Out New Pledges to Boost GOP Electoral Odds," 27 Oct. 2018 In 1972 the Palestinian terrorist group Black September killed the Israeli diplomat Ami Sachori with a letter bomb sent to Israel’s embassy in London. Simon R. Gardner, The Atlantic, "98 Years of Mail Fraud," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of letter bomb

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Letter bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letter%20bomb. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of letter bomb

: a bomb that is mailed to someone in a letter or package and that explodes when the letter or package is opened

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