Definition of bubble noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbʌbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌbl//
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  1. 1  a ball of air or gas in a liquid, or a ball of air inside a solid substance such as glass champagne bubbles a bubble of oxygen blowing bubbles into water through a straw see also speech bubble
  2. 2  a round ball of liquid, containing air, produced by soap and water The children like to have bubbles in their bath.
  3. 3a small amount of a feeling that somebody wants to express a bubble of laughter/hope/enthusiasm
  4. 4a good or lucky situation that is unlikely to last long Economists warned of a stock-market bubble. See related entries: Economy
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: partly imitative, partly an alteration of burble.Extra examples The champagne was full of tiny bubbles. The children were blowing bubbles. They jumped about, bursting the bubbles. Care must be taken to ensure that there are no bubbles trapped in the syringe. He blew bubbles into the water through a straw. There are air bubbles trapped inside the ice.Idioms there is a sudden end to a good or lucky situation When the bubble finally burst, hundreds of people lost their jobs. The optimistic bubble has now burst and economists agree the recession will continue.
    burst somebody’s bubble
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    to bring an end to somebody’s hopes, happiness, etc. He seemed so happy, I couldn’t burst his bubble so soon.
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