blockbuster

[blok-buhs-ter]
noun
1.
an aerial bomb containing high explosives and weighing from four to eight tons, used as a large-scale demolition bomb.
2.
a motion picture, novel, etc., especially one lavishly produced, that has or is expected to have wide popular appeal or financial success.
3.
something or someone that is forcefully or overwhelmingly impressive, effective, or influential: The campaign was a blockbuster.
4.
a real-estate speculator who practices blockbusting.

Origin:
1940–45; block + buster

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blockbuster (ˈblɒkˌbʌstə)
 
n
1.  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

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Word Origin & History

blockbuster
big bomb (4,000 pounds or larger, according to some sources), 1942, from block in the "built-up city square" sense. Entertainment sense is attested from 1957.
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