spend a bomb


Senior Member
Hi everybody! Could you explain me the following phrase? "I spend a bomb on taxis because I will not take public transport after 10 pm". Does a bomb mean too much? Do you often use such phrase? Many thanks
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    As far as I'm aware, we don't use "bomb" in that sense in AE. (I don't know what the source of the original quotation is, or what sort of person said it, but the phrase "public transport" tends to be BE. The AE equivalent is "public transportation.")


    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    The expression is new to me, too. According to The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang, "bomb" as a slang word for a large sum of money has been in use in the UK since the late 1950s.
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