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    a joke -meaning

    A critic, refering to a comedian, says -"His jokes bomb so badly, the army tried to put a fuse on him."

    What does it mean? Especially the second part :-/


    Thank you very much!

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    Re: a joke -meaning

    In American English, if something "bombs", that means it is very unsuccessful; it's usually used for stage acts, movies, that sort of thing. If a joke bombs, it's so bad that nobody laughs.

    A real bomb might have a fuse. Although modern bombs now have a detonator that might be set off with, for example, an electric charge, an old-style bomb might have had a fuse, a short piece of string or paper which has to be lit, and then burns, giving you time to get clear of the bomb before it explodes -- like you might see in a Warner Bros cartoon.

    The critic is saying that the comedian's jokes are so bad, even the Army thought he was a real bomb.

    (The critic doesn't really believe people could mistake people for real bombs, but he or she is using hyperbole -- exaggerating the idea to make it seem ridiculous.)

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    Re: a joke -meaning

    Thank you! You've been a great help!!

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