Definition of blowout in English:

blowout

noun

  • 1An occasion when a tyre on a vehicle bursts or an electric fuse melts.

    • ‘You never know when you are going to suffer a tyre blowout or when another driver is just going to be plain careless.’
    • ‘This can lead to a panoply of bad results, from poor mileage to on-the-road blowouts.’
    • ‘Most accidents are caused by blowouts or other mechanical failures and stupid drivers with no common sense.’
    • ‘These blowouts were not from the tyres letting them down but simply from inner tubes exploding!’
    • ‘This is dangerous as some of the tyres don't go down but are weakened, which could cause blowouts.’
    • ‘‘Even though a driver could check his tyres that morning he could later get a blowout,’ he added.’
    • ‘I managed to pull over to the hard shoulder expecting I'd had a blowout on one of my tyres but on inspection they looked fine.’
    • ‘They had suffered a tyre blowout on the way back from a safari park.’
    • ‘Potholing, creation of a steep-sided bowlshaped cavity, may be caused by loss of surfacing, basecourse erosion, advanced cracking under traffic or severe weather, or water-induced blowouts.’
    • ‘According to the Corporation, the majority of accidents were due to tyre blowouts.’
    • ‘Speed doesn't necessarily cause blowouts, as others who have posted opinions have said, poor maintenance of the tire can cause a blowout as can faulty valves or the tire being under pressure.’
    • ‘Aviation experts have designed durable new radial tyres that burst into lighter, more flexible fragments if a blowout occurs.’
    • ‘Had I attempted it immediately, there was grave danger of cutting the inner wall of one or both tyres and suffering a blowout.’
    • ‘Most roads are gravel, meaning accidents and tyre blowouts are not uncommon.’
    • ‘The accident occurred when the taxi suffered a left rear tyre blowout.’
    • ‘I do remember quite vividly however watching a woman driving a car suffer a blowout.’
    • ‘Tyre blowouts are common on a lot of trips and this is an area that weight can have a huge effect on.’
    • ‘Tubeless radial tyres can cause blowouts because of their weak side walls’
    puncture, flat tyre, burst tyre
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    1. 1.1An uprush of oil or gas from a well.
      [as modifier] ‘a blowout preventer’
      • ‘SARS, fire, the country's election and the blowout of natural gas… all claimed many people's life.’
      • ‘Even after the blowout had been brought under control, the oil continued to seep out of the ocean floor, he says.’
      • ‘A similar blowout event also occurred in the onshore Seria Field in 1953.’
      • ‘Such disruptions are both global and local: wars and embargoes, blowouts and refinery failures.’
      • ‘Successional patterns will be truncated or prevented in sites with frequent major disturbances, e.g. blowouts, water level changes, etc.’
      • ‘According to official figures, there have been just two gas blowouts since 1992, and they killed a total of 17 people.’
      • ‘Sour gas well blowouts aren't completely uncommon.’
    2. 1.2North American informal An outburst of anger or an argument.
      ‘that exchange led to a big blowout five years ago’
      • ‘The other conferences seem to have a lot of blowouts most of the time.’
      • ‘Physical, verbal, emotional abuse, infidelity, drunkenness, constant bickering, blowout arguments and shouting matches, financial trouble, stress so bad it put her in the hospital.’
      • ‘Slightly more mature, but enough immaturity to still bring on a good blowout fight whenever we feel like.’
      • ‘My best friend of over ten years and I had a bad blowout 2 years ago and I tell you, I miss her a lot.’
      • ‘He hasn't tried anything like that since their blowout years ago.’
      • ‘The blowouts are mounting, and the bickering has begun.’
      • ‘She seriously considered that maybe she and Sam had had a blowout argument.’
      • ‘No one, apparently, could resist asking about the bad blood on the set of his latest film and the epic blowouts between the director and his star.’
      • ‘I had a big blowout with the federal government.’
      • ‘I too have had blowouts and the point somebody else made about losing control for a combination of reasons was true for me too.’
      • ‘If you can't talk about this without a big blowout, write her a letter explaining how you feel.’
      • ‘He serves as the amateur therapist of choice to his well-to-do clients, hearing all about their blowouts in the course of their blowouts, and I want to find out why.’
      • ‘Letting frustrations fester is a real good way to ensure blowouts and fits of anger later on, so best to get it all out in the open.’
  • 2informal A large or lavish meal or social gathering.

    ‘it is difficult to imagine the slim person going for a real blowout’
    • ‘A haven of genteel entertainment might persuade local residents that there were pleasurable and respectable alternatives to a knock-down drunken blowout every weekend.’
    • ‘Despite the minor grumbles, we had a superb meal - especially with palates so jaded after the festive blowout.’
    • ‘We will be holding a big blowout for all our friends soon, complete with flour, pudding, and wet noodles.’
    • ‘Today we turn our critical lens on the big blowout Washington party known as the presidential inauguration.’
    • ‘It's a blowout affair that includes an unlimited number of roasted ears for every participant.’
    • ‘Visitors from more restrictive states began to make it their weekend blowout destination and a huge tourism business was built around it.’
    • ‘He was still crowing over the success of his Dallas showroom expansion and the blowout coming-out party.’
    • ‘The Centre for Developing-Area Studies, an academic research centre at McGill, is turning 40 years old next week and is planning a big blowout.’
    • ‘The biggest party I ever had was also a Halloween blowout, several years ago back in Kansas.’
    • ‘The ride will leave from town, ride miles of urban singletrack and some pave, and culminate with a blowout BBQ and podium ceremony.’
    • ‘Mark's annual Derby Weekend blowout creates more buzz about the brand than anything else the company does, he says.’
    • ‘Who could resist an end-of-season barbecue blowout?’
    • ‘My brother Ruben's wedding reception was a blowout party.’
    • ‘The annual seasonal blowout is a chance to display and celebrate the accomplishments - and puppets - neighborhood groups have made over the past year.’
    • ‘But Mom's been dreaming of a big blowout all her life, and you'd be a lout not to indulge her.’
    • ‘Anna was sixteen, the coolest age for a teen and she should have been having a blowout party with her friends, not sitting at home with her Mom and her Mom's friend.’
    • ‘Jokes spring up where you would most and least expect them-in a frat house bedroom during a blowout party, or at an octogenarian's funeral.’
    • ‘It's more of a kind of brouhaha about springtime and summer's coming, so we're going to have a big blowout.’
    • ‘But before we can weigh anchor, Flores erupts into Festa do Emigrante, a blowout party celebrating Azorean emigrants' annual return to the islands, beginning in July.’
    • ‘The gorgeous guy you've sorta been going out with is planning to go camping the weekend of your big blowout birthday bash.’
    party, feast, banquet, celebration, binge
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  • 3North American An event at which goods are sold at heavily discounted prices.

    ‘the purpose of the blowout is to motivate new customers to visit’
    [as modifier] ‘the local store is having a big blowout sale—everything 65 per cent off’
    • ‘Dozens, maybe hundreds, of used console games are on sale in their October blowout sale.’
    • ‘Their major buyers raid their blowout bins, put them in boxes and ship them to the States.’
    • ‘Come on down to our Boxing Day blowout!’
    • ‘The Prop Shop is sadly closing tomorrow so we're having a blowout sale with tees marked down to $10 and $12.’
    • ‘Retailers look for any occasion to host a blowout or a promotion that will make shoppers think they are saving money.’
    • ‘Twice a year, the school throws a blowout sale.’
    • ‘Almost every store you pass, every corner you take, you'll find sales, discounts, blowouts, bargains, and of course shoppers cashing in on sweet holiday deals.’
    • ‘There are lots of great scores to be had in the Outlet. Right now we're having a blowout.’
    • ‘Woe to the promotion manager who doesn't ace the Christmas blowout.’
    • ‘If sales are strong, what will the blowout deals do to earnings?’
  • 4North American informal An easy victory in a sporting contest or election.

    ‘the game had been a blowout’
    • ‘Only the Vikings broke the barrier in a blowout victory over the Packers.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, three of the four first round games yesterday were grim blowouts.’
    • ‘Gus was tenacious defensively; even in a blowout victory he wouldn't let the other team have an inch of space.’
    • ‘He was injured on two plays with marginal impact on the games in which they occurred, games destined to be blowouts regardless of his contributions.’
    • ‘But for as much fun as the close ones are to watch, the blowouts might have been the most entertaining games Sunday.’
    • ‘By the way, both of those NBA games were blowouts.’
    • ‘Game 1 was a blowout, and the Bulls got a major psychological edge that helped them to their second straight title.’
    • ‘They've taken turns dominating each other, alternating sweeps and blowouts like a true slugfest in which one heavyweight's attack leaves him winded and vulnerable to the other's pulverizing blows.’
    • ‘Yes, he was saying the election could be a blowout, but he wasn't saying that was a good thing.’
    • ‘The Patriots have won close games and blowouts.’
    • ‘The President won the election, but only by a couple of percentage points; it wasn't the blowout that those election night maps would seem to indicate.’
    • ‘While the first two games were both blowouts, the first playoff game in Memphis' history was highly competitive with the Spurs never leading by more than 6 points.’
    • ‘Often in a blowout, the referees will give the disadvantaged team some breaks.’
    • ‘The team doesn't score enough runs to create blowouts.’
    • ‘They were entertaining, even if the games were blowouts.’
    • ‘Their playing time figures to come in blowouts or as replacements for players in foul trouble.’
    • ‘A lot of last season's Monday night games were blowouts, but fantasy owners in close battles had reasons to watch.’
    • ‘I would like to look at a different way to approach this issue that accepts that teams have blowouts and one-run wins and incorporates this into the method.’
    • ‘There are several ways to mitigate a blowout without losing control or playing soft.’
    • ‘That game was a blowout, but it wasn't a result of dropping nine players in pass coverage.’
  • 5North American An act or instance of blow-drying hair.

    ‘you can't do a blowout with super wet hair’
    • ‘Stylist Marvin Carrington decided to revamp her shoulder-length, naturally wavy hair with a sleek blowout, defined layers and blond highlights.’
    • ‘So it was only a matter of time before shoulder pads, designer jeans, leg warmers, wide belts, layered peasant skirts and big, broad, blowout hair started to look good to us again.’
    • ‘Want to achieve that salon style blowout at home?’
    • ‘In between blowouts, use a reactivating spray to reshape your style.’
  • 6A hollow eroded by the wind.

    • ‘As I walked into this blowout, I passed one species of plant life after another.’
    • ‘The crater resulting from the blowout was measured at 34m long, 15m wide and 6m deep.’
    • ‘Parabolic dunes are formed when the wind causes a blowout, that is, begins to gouge sand out from around a patch of vegetation that has weakened its grip.’
    • ‘North of this large major blowout is another, less pronounced blowout of unstabilized sand.’
    • ‘This one-side riddled basin can even persist beyond the blowout bifurcation, contrary to the previously reported riddled basins which exist only below the blowout transition.’

Pronunciation:

blowout

/ˈbləʊaʊt/