American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Something, such as a film or book, that sustains widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales.
- n. A high-explosive bomb used for demolition purposes.
- n. One that engages in the practice of blockbusting.
- n. A high-explosive bomb used for the purposes of demolishing extensive areas, such as a city block.
- n. Something, such as a film or book, that sustains exceptional and widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales, as opposed to a box office bomb.
- n. A large firecracker type of fireworks; an M-80.
- adj. An exceptional event.
- n. a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas (as a city block)
- n. an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel)
- Sense 3, from blockbusting. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term blockbuster was first coined during World War II to describe bombs that would blow up buildings.”
“The term blockbuster deal is casually thrown around these days but if the reports are true, the proposed Carmelo Anthony trade, which involves 18 players and three teams fits the bill rather robustly.”
“Abrams takes the term blockbuster seriously here by amping up the thrills and generously peppering in humor and enough heart to actually want to follow the adventures of this crew for many more films to come.”
“Alan Walden also managed to secure places for “Freebird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” in blockbuster hit “Forrest Gump”.”
“The blockbuster is excess personified, or at least dramatized, put center stage in order to thrill and awe its audience.”
“Beside a good old fashionned blockbuster is good once in a while ...”
“Add in blockbuster crossovers like A Hard Day's Night, in which Lennon led his Liverpool mates across the pond, who in turn made multimedia history and incited mass hysteria wherever they went.”
“Despite his young age and relative inexperience, he was soon beating out the Hollywood elite for major roles in blockbuster films.”
“His film with director Joanna Hogg, Archipelago, plays later this week at the LFF; he's been filming War Horse for Steven Spielberg and has completed playing evil Loki in blockbuster Thor, for Kenneth Branagh.”
“The blockbuster is down only 31% for third place and a new domestic total of $687.8 million.”
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