drop a bombshell

drop a bombshell or drop a bomb

Meaning:

  • make an unexpected, startling or disturbing announcement
  • reveal surprising information or news

Examples:

  1. My sister dropped a bombshell by announcing she was discontinuing her study for a job.
  2. Ruth dropped a bombshell when she told us she is pregnant.
  3. I do not have the courage to drop that kind of bombshell on my family.
  4. The boss dropped a bombshell, saying my leave application was rejected by the director.
  5. The Australian Cricket Board dropped a bombshell when they announced that they won’t go to play the series in Pakistan this year.
  6. Jane dropped a bombshell when she said she was leaving.

Origin:
This expression, which alludes to the destruction caused by a falling bomb, dates from World War I.

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