bombshells

bombshell

[bom-shel]
noun
1.
a bomb.
2.
something or someone having a sudden and sensational effect: The news of his resignation was a bombshell.

Origin:
1700–10; 1925–30 for def 2; bomb + shell

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bombshell (ˈbɒmˌʃɛl)
 
n
1.  (esp formerly) a bomb or artillery shell
2.  a shocking or unwelcome surprise: the news of his death was a bombshell
3.  informal an attractive girl or woman (esp in the phrase blonde bombshell)

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bombshell
1708, from bomb + shell.; fig. sense of "shattering or devastating thing or event" attested from 1860. In reference to a pretty woman (esp. a blonde) it is attested from 1942 ("bombshell blonde" as a movie title in reference to U.S. actress Jean Harlow is from 1933).
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