an aerial bomb containing high explosives and weighing from four to eight tons, used as a large-scale demolition bomb.
a motion picture, novel, etc., especially one lavishly produced, that has or is expected to have wide popular appeal or financial success.
something or someone that is forcefully or overwhelmingly impressive, effective, or influential:
The campaign was a blockbuster.
a real-estate speculator who practices blockbusting.
Contemporary Examples

Hollywood Declares 2014 the Year of the Bible Andrew Romano January 8, 2014
The Ultimate Guide to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Marina Watts March 18, 2014
Archive Picture of Kate Graces Vanity Fair’s September Cover, No Interview or Shoot Tom Sykes July 30, 2012
Vermeer’s Naughty Milkmaid Alexandra Peers September 30, 2009
Hollywood’s Christian Blockbuster Nicole LaPorte January 5, 2010
Why Isn’t the Trial of Abortionist Kermit Gosnell on Every Front Page in America? Justin Green April 11, 2013
Like Father, Like Son: Ron Paul Passes the Neo-Confederate Baton to Rand James Kirchick July 9, 2013
The Stingiest Politicians The Daily Beast April 15, 2010

Historical Examples

The Secret of the Ninth Planet Donald Allen Wollheim
State of the Union Addresses of Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman

noun (informal)
a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas or strengthened targets
a very successful, effective, or forceful person, thing, etc
a lavish film, show, novel, etc, that proves to be an outstanding popular success


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