go like a bomb = bomb down
I know the interpretation of the expression “go like a bomb” used in the following sentence.
I’ll help you. It ain’t so bad. She’ll go like a bomb. (A. Sillitoe, “A Start in Life”)
go like a bomb = rush along, ride at fool speed
May I accept that the expression “bomb down” has the same interpretation?
Thanks for your efforts.
Re: go like a bomb = bomb down
I've never heard 'bombed down', except where the 'down' is a preposition attached to another noun (and 'bombed' = 'went like a bomb': 'The car bombed down the road...'
The Sillitoe quote seems to be about speed. You can also use 'go down like a bomb' to denote success: 'The West End opening was a great success. The show went down like a bomb.'
Ther is a risk of confusion here, in a transatlantic context, as when a show 'bombs on Broadway' it doesn't go down like a bomb (:up:) it goes down like a lead Zeppelin (:down:) ;-)