bomb

bomb
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noun
ADJECTIVE
big, huge, large, massive
small
cluster, fire (usually firebomb), high-explosive, incendiary, mortar, nail, petrol (BrE), smoke
atom, atomic, hydrogen, neutron, nuclear
bouncing (BrE), flying
terrorist
home-made
unexploded
stray (esp. BrE)

Their truck was hit by a stray bomb.

dummy (esp. BrE), fake

The suspect was apprehended for planting a fake bomb in a bus terminal.

a practice flight with dummy bombs

car, roadside
letter, parcel (BrE)
dirty
smart (= one that is controlled by an electronic device)
suicide
time (figurative)

He described global warming as ‘an environmental time bomb’.

VERB + BOMB
place, plant, put

Police suspect terrorists planted the bomb.

carry

The plane had been adapted to carry bombs.

drop, release

Enemy planes dropped bombs on the airport.

defuse, disarm
detonate, explode, set off
build, construct, develop, test (These verbs are only used about countries.)

India started to build a nuclear bomb.

make

He used a clock to make a home-made bomb.

strap, strap on

The bombs were strapped to their chests.

BOMB + VERB
fall, rain, rain down

Eighty people died when bombs rained down on the city's crowded streets.

hit sth
detonate, explode, go off
blow sb/sth to pieces, blow sth up, destroy sth, kill sb, rip through sth

Fifteen people were blown to pieces by the car bomb.

A terrorist bomb ripped through the station.

target sb/sth
be ticking away
BOMB + NOUN
attack, blast, explosion
alert (esp. BrE), scare, threat, warning (BrE)
plot
hoax (BrE)
disposal, squad
shelter
crater

The land was scarred with bomb craters.

damage
site
factory
victim
suspect
test

the fallout from atomic bomb tests

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verb
ADVERB
heavily

The city had been very heavily bombed.

accidentally, mistakenly
Bomb is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑aircraft
Bomb is used with these nouns as the object: ↑barracks, ↑embassy

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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