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block·bust·er

 (blŏk′bŭs′tər)
n.
1. Something, such as a film or book, that sustains widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales.
2. A large, powerful bomb used especially in air raids on cities.
3. One that engages in the practice of blockbusting.

[Sense 3, from blockbusting.]

blockbuster

(ˈblɒkˌbʌstə)
n
1. (Military) a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas or strengthened targets
2. a very successful, effective, or forceful person, thing, etc
3. a lavish film, show, novel, etc, that proves to be an outstanding popular success

block•bust•er

(ˈblɒkˌbʌs tər)

n.
1. a huge aerial demolition bomb.
2. a motion picture, novel, etc. that has wide popular appeal or financial success.
3. a person or thing that is overwhelmingly impressive, effective, or influential.
4. one who practices blockbusting.
[1940–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blockbuster - a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas (as a city block)blockbuster - a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas (as a city block)
general-purpose bomb, GP bomb - a large bomb (500 to 2,000 pounds that is 50% explosive) whose explosion creates a blast and whose metal casing creates some fragmentation effect
2.blockbuster - an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel)blockbuster - an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel)
hit, smasher, smash, bang, strike - a conspicuous success; "that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career"; "that new Broadway show is a real smasher"; "the party went with a bang"
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
Translations
korttelipommi
kasszasiker
izjemna uspešnica

blockbuster

[ˈblɒkˌbʌstəʳ] N
1. (= film) → exitazo m, gran éxito m de taquilla; (= book) → exitazo m, best-seller m
2. (Mil) → bomba f revientamanzanas

blockbuster

[ˈblɒkbʌstər] n (= film) → grand succès m (= book) → best-seller mblock capitals nplmajuscules fpl d'imprimerie
in block capitals → en majuscules d'imprimerie

blockbuster

[ˈblɒkˌbʌstəʳ] n (fam) (film, TV series) → successone m
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