One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
phrasal verbdated, informal
Reprimand someone severely.‘she got blown up by her boss for being late’
- ‘So he really blew him up? I'd be holding a grudge if someone blew me up I reckon.’
- ‘When we arrived a little late, our boss blew us up.’
- ‘He must have said something to him that really blew him up.’
- ‘On the Ibrox derby, he referee and a decision which still irks: ‘Obviously with the great benefit of hindsight, Sutton was blown up for a foul against Amoruso which was clearly a penalty.’’
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