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- n. (US, slang) A four square ball game term which basically means spiking the ball or slamming it down with a force to make it hard for a person to retrieve it to stay in the game. A cherry-bomb with an even more impressive force would be called a tree-top.
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Gilliam, 63, who once owned a software company in Tysons Corner before he realized that he'd never be happy until he scratched that insistent childhood M-80 and cherry-bomb itch, chucked the tech world to run Skylighter., a fireworks supply warehouse in Loudoun County.
This is a pendulum swing from the 1960s, when there were fewer regulations and the blown-off fingers and hands from cherry-bomb explosions sparked a wave of bans.
The letters and numbers fairly exploded in your face and they had a relationship, they were plaited and knotted, pop-eyed cartoon humanoids, winding in and out of each other and sweaty hot and passion dancing—metallic silver and blue and cherry-bomb red and a number of neon greens.
It went off unexpectedly, making a sound like the loudest cherry-bomb in the world.
One of their first attempts, chronicled in Hickam's autobiographical best-seller, "Rocket Boys," included cherry-bomb powder inside a flashlight set on top of Hickam's mother's garden fence.
It was mid-afternoon, and only when the electric sloth stopped spitting out cherry-bomb icons did we start drawing a crowd.