kablooie

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

ka-, an intensifier used with onomatopoeia, plus (probably) an imaginative rendition of an explosion or splash.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

kablooie ‎(uncountable)

  1. (colloquial) A failure, meltdown; or explosion; a splat or splash.
    The bottle of ketchup hit the floor and went kablooie all over everything.

Usage notes[edit]

Most frequently used in the phrase to go kablooie or it went kablooie.

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