the bomb

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See also: bomb, Bomb, and the Bomb


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the bomb ‎(uncountable)

  1. (informal) The atomic bomb; the capability to launch a nuclear attack. Often capitalized.
    Pakistan and India both have the Bomb now.
  2. (slang) A success; something excellent.
    Their new record is the bomb.
    That party was the bomb!

Usage notes[edit]

The two diametrical slang meanings are distinguished by the article. For “a success”, the phrase is generally the bomb. Otherwise bomb can mean “a failure”.