Etymology
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blockbuster (n.)

also block-buster, 1942, "large bomb" (4,000 pounds or larger, according to some sources), from block (n.1) in the "built-up city square" sense, + agent noun from bust (v.), on the notion of the widespread destruction they could cause. Entertainment sense "spectacularly successful production" is attested by 1952. U.S. sense of "real estate broker who sells a house to a black family on an all-white neighborhood," thus sparking an exodus, is from 1955.

updated on September 13, 2020

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Definitions of blockbuster from WordNet

blockbuster (n.)
a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas (as a city block);
blockbuster (n.)
an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel);
Synonyms: megahit / smash hit
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