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verb bomb pronunciation in British English /bɒm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebombing
past tensebombed
past participlebombed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to attack a place with a bomb
    NATO aircraft bombed the town again last night.
    The railway station was bombed by terrorists.
    be heavily/badly bombed: This whole area was heavily bombed during the conflict.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] British informal to move somewhere very quickly, especially in a vehicle
    bomb along/up/down: I saw you bombing along the street on your bike.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] informal to be very unsuccessful
    His latest film bombed at the box office (=not many people went to see it).
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] mainly American informal to fail a test very badly

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