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1informal [attributive] Used to express annoyance.‘make your own blasted coffee!’
damned, damn, blessed, flaming, precious, confounded, pestilential, rotten, wretchedflipping, blinking, blooming, blimming, bloody, bleeding, effing, chuffinggoddamplurrybally, ruddy, deucedfucking, friggingsoddingfeckingcursed, accursed, damnableView synonyms
- ‘The sleeves would ride up your arms when you swung, the shoulders were too tight, and we wound up taking the blasted things off when we had a shot that really mattered.’
- ‘I completely wasted my entire day in unproductive activity and left the blasted room hours later seething with frustration and disgust.’
- ‘Twenty-five minutes later we were still on that blasted bus.’
- ‘Unfortunately, they didn't seem to be missing me badly enough to just let me win the blasted game.’
- ‘Everyone is suffering from this blasted cold thanks to him!’
- ‘But we never get to appreciate that, because the blasted music never stops!’
- ‘He winced as he reached for the bar of soap, cursing the blasted hot water tank that never seemed to actually spit out hot water.’
- ‘Bury yourself in some textbooks until the whole blasted thing blows over.’
- ‘He won't be able to fight with it, let alone carry the blasted thing up a mountain!’
- ‘The blasted thing would not stop ringing.’
- ‘The blasted sheep had simply stormed into the house to have a good look round.’
- ‘Like us, they wait for this blasted winter to be over.’
- ‘They prevented Scotland from reaching last summer's World Cup because of a blasted last-minute goal at Hampden.’
- ‘Either we pick up a fair fee for our trouble, or we get rid of those blasted opinion pollsters.’
- ‘He could do without this blasted Battle of Britain.’
- ‘Some brat even threw a rotten apple core at me and sped away in his blasted tricycle contraption before I could catch him.’
- ‘All in all we must have wasted about fifty gallons of water and never did succeed in getting the blasted thing to run.’
- ‘There are the idiots on the council who've brought us to our knees with those blasted parking fees!’
- ‘That blasted song from the musical is on a continuous loop in my brain.’
- ‘Later that morning I brought the blasted computer into one of the two public lounges, settled into a plush chair and tried to concentrate.’
2literary [attributive] Withered or blighted; laid waste.‘a blasted heath’‘an area of blasted trees’
- ‘His smoky shots of blasted earth and gnashing machinery, spraying explosions and blackened pits create an oppressively alien landscape hostile to man and woman alike.’
- ‘Exploring the island by minibus, he finds a blasted landscape of rock and dust and minimal vegetation.’
- ‘Films and photographs of the time show ‘pitiful streams of helpless civilians trekking through a blasted landscape of broken cities and barren fields’.’
- ‘It does look like a nuclear bomb has hit - kilometres of blasted earth, with just a few shells of houses and the odd palm tree left standing amongst the wasteland.’
- ‘Driven mad, he wanders the blasted heath as his rivals watch the clan destroy itself.’
3informal [predicative] Drunk.‘I got really blasted’intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlinView synonyms
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