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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)

Etymologies

Sense 3, from blockbusting.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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