blockbusting

blockbusting
I. blockbusting block‧bust‧ing 1 [ˈblɒkˌbʌstɪŋ ǁ ˈblɑːk-] adjective [only before a noun]
a blockbusting film, book, or performance has high sales and is usually full of action or adventure but is not very serious:

• a blockbusting sci-fi thriller

  [m0] II. blockbusting blockbusting 2 noun [uncountable] PROPERTY
when property prices in an area are deliberately forced down either by speculator S saying falsely that the area is becoming poorer or less popular, or by factories that deliberately cause noise, pollution etc, hoping that people living nearby will sell their houses for less than they are worth

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blockbusting UK US /ˈblɒkˌbʌstɪŋ/ adjective [before noun] MARKETING
used to describe a very successful product, film, etc. that makes a lot of money: »

a blockbusting Hollywood action comedy


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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