1. American
   a real-estate dealer who induces whites to sell their homes through threat of other racial groups moving into the area
   The use puns on the Second World War bomb. In this case, the block of real estate occupied mainly by white families may be more valuable if redeveloped.
   2. a novel which is expected to sell well
   Publishers' jargon.
   See also bestseller.

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