Definition of blast in English:

blast

noun

  • 1A destructive wave of highly compressed air spreading outward from an explosion.

    ‘they were thrown backward by the blast’
    • ‘The manager of the state fire investigations unit said the pressure wave from the blast was powerful enough to lift the roof off the building.’
    • ‘The blast caused a shock wave across the town, smashing windows and shaking houses.’
    • ‘A concrete security barrier close to the embassy absorbed most of the blast and prevented further damage and injuries, officials said.’
    • ‘As energy waves from the blasts travel through the ground they will be recorded by portable seismometers placed throughout the area.’
    • ‘The shock wave from the blast kills the majority of fish species on the reef and causes severe damage to its structure.’
    • ‘The plane shuddered with shock waves from the blast.’
    • ‘The blast blew out windows and walls, overturned tables and cut electricity, plunging the hotel into eerie darkness.’
    • ‘The blast blew the glass out of every apartment window in the block.’
    • ‘The principal effect of a bomb is explosive blast, which may be combined with fragmentation or incendiary effects.’
    • ‘Three other soldiers were wounded as the blast blew off the tanks turret, pinning them down.’
    • ‘They have described hearing a hissing noise like a giant pressure cooker letting off steam, seconds before a huge blast which blew one man 8ft into a locker.’
    • ‘The blasts blew out the windows of nearby restaurants in the upscale neighbourhood.’
    • ‘The powerful blast blew pieces of the car five blocks away.’
    • ‘The lone human being in the area, a trapper living near the periphery of the blast, was blown off the porch of his shack, but survived.’
    • ‘Yesterday a fire service spokesman said: ‘The blast just blew the whole of the front of the shop off.’’
    • ‘The owner was not at home, but the blast blew out the front wall of his home and left him homeless.’
    • ‘The blast blew out windows in the room where the two met moments before.’
    • ‘The resulting blast blew out all the windows, throwing debris up to 100 metres.’
    • ‘He was in the kitchen of his home when the blast blew out the back door and demolished internal walls.’
    • ‘Nearly the entire ground floor had been blown out by the blast and what was left to support the building was burning.’
    shock wave, pressure wave, bang, crash, crack
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    1. 1.1 An explosion or explosive firing, especially of a bomb.
      ‘a bomb blast’
      ‘a shotgun blast’
      • ‘He swung the gun around, firing two sharp blasts at the other man.’
      • ‘Two bomb blasts and a bomb threat last week have caused tension and disturbance in the region.’
      • ‘Every now and then, we hear about daylight robberies, shootouts, murders and bomb blasts.’
      • ‘Later 20 people were wounded in a grenade blast which police said had been aimed at a security patrol but missed its target.’
      • ‘The destructive blast impacted with the road to the left of the middle Jeep.’
      • ‘Between the energy wave and the rifle blasts, the door had become quite unstable.’
      • ‘The race is on to save the lives of those injured by the bomb blasts; many tourists, however, are unaccounted for.’
      • ‘The shotgun blast was followed by a sharp percussive explosion as the entire hillside lit up in a white phosphorescent glare.’
      • ‘He had to fly in that cruel place, where the air is as destructive as a nuclear blast, for 4,000 miles.’
      • ‘Several tourists have been injured by bomb blasts in Spain in recent weeks.’
      • ‘They were accused of being the main conspirators and facilitators of the bomb blasts.’
      • ‘Bomb attacks in London in 1992 resulted in guidance being published on how to design for bomb blasts.’
      • ‘Many have expressed their pessimism over the police's ability to find the perpetrators in the latest bomb blasts.’
      • ‘The first man arrested by the police in connection with the latest bomb blasts turned out to have no connection with the suicide bombers.’
      • ‘A neighbor who heard the shotgun blasts went to investigate.’
      • ‘In a land mine blast and a grenade attack on a camp, four security personnel died.’
      • ‘I was blissfully unaware of the bomb blasts until I got into office this morning.’
      • ‘Small explosions and blasts spread through the sector, becoming larger along the way.’
      • ‘A spate of recent bomb blasts have scared people, maimed citizens, claimed hundreds of innocent lives and brought about suffering to the bereaved.’
      • ‘Three police officers were wounded in a grenade blast earlier during the raid.’
      explosion, detonation, discharge, burst, eruption
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    2. 1.2 A forceful attack or assault.
      ‘he defeated his weakest opponent in such a blast that the fans left unimpressed’
      barrage, cannonade, battery, bombardment, broadside, salvo, fusillade
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  • 2A strong gust of wind or air.

    ‘the icy blast hit them’
    • ‘When I stepped out of the car, I was hit with a blast of icy wind.’
    • ‘For once the weather bureau got it right and the predicted cold front arrived last night with a blast of icy wind.’
    • ‘A blast of wind hit me but it was warm and sweet with the promise of Spring.’
    • ‘Without warning, strong blasts of wind blew around them, ripping trees from their roots.’
    • ‘As soon as she said that a blast of wind shot upward, making her hood fly off and her hair fly to the sky.’
    • ‘She pulled her duster closer around her and shivered at the icy blast of wind Mother Nature sent her way.’
    • ‘He pulled out his combat knife and punctured his air bag sending a blast of hot compressed air in his direction.’
    • ‘Their shapes were distorted by the howling blasts of icy wind.’
    • ‘I was suddenly hit by a sharp blast of cold wind; someone had opened the door.’
    • ‘And then suddenly an icy blast of wind - she hadn't thought it was possible to get any colder - struck her body.’
    • ‘They're going to take some getting used to, though at least the blast of fetid air from the tube station makes us feel right at home.’
    • ‘Between the icy rain, the blasts of wind, and the crashing noise of the falls, the area seems desolate and terrible.’
    • ‘Right now the gutter looks good, warm somehow, perhaps half a degree safer than the blast of icy wind at head height.’
    • ‘Every time the doors of the tram opened a blast of icy wind came in.’
    • ‘The wind delivered consistent blasts in between gusts and gales.’
    • ‘The machine injects a rod 15 inches into the ground before exploding a blast of compressed air to loosen the earth and help drainage.’
    • ‘I love winter, the chill in the air, how the fresh blast of wind brings colour to my cheeks.’
    • ‘A blast of wind hit us in the face and the light blinded me temporarily.’
    • ‘The blast of cold wind almost hits me on the face, reminding of the real feel of Christmas in our place.’
    • ‘Suddenly a blast of wind rushed through the broken windows, pinning his hand to a wall.’
    gust, rush, blow, gale, squall, storm, wind, draught, waft, puff, flurry, breeze
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    1. 2.1 A strong current of air used in smelting.
  • 3A single loud note of a horn, whistle, or other noisemaking device.

    ‘a blast of the ship's siren’
    • ‘After a forty-five minutes delay the lights came on and the familiar two blasts of the air horns sounded and we began to roll.’
    • ‘A trumpet blast echoed through his ears for a second time, announcing the start of the trek home.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a huge flash and a blast of thunder blew out of the forest, sending birds flapping away in torrents.’
    • ‘The phrases noted above are like blasts from an air horn or plastic trumpet, blaring technical correctness.’
    • ‘He was awakened in the morning by a loud blast from an oxen horn.’
    • ‘Plumes of white vapor fill the air, and the blast of a steam whistle announces the train's departure.’
    • ‘If the animal is in your path, break firmly but avoid swerving and sound your horn in short blasts to frighten the animal away.’
    • ‘The now familiar, spine chilling bugle gave a long blast and the enemy surged forward.’
    • ‘As the runners were descending from England's highest mountain, they heard a scream and frantic blasts on an emergency whistle.’
    • ‘A blast of melody rang throughout the crowd, and immediately everyone began to dance around, grabbing the nearest person to be their partner.’
    • ‘By 10 am a few sheets of lightening and blasts of thunder echoed throughout the valley.’
    • ‘The album is studded throughout with glorious blasts of trumpet adding to the CD's general utter charm.’
    • ‘A screeching sound and the blast of a car horn told her that she had narrowly missed a collision with a fellow driver.’
    • ‘The air horn sounds a blast that can be heard over the roar of aircraft engines.’
    • ‘Things make a rapid right turn with this song though - a blast of guitar bursts out unexpectedly.’
    • ‘In those days he didn't even have a police radio: three sharp blasts on a whistle was the only way to summon help.’
    • ‘Entering the building, a blast of noise assaulted her ears.’
    • ‘Her mysterious silences and then her loud, abrupt blasts of sound had made him curious, so he walked to the door, and rested his had on the door knob.’
    • ‘I was about to sob and lament to myself when I heard the loud blast of a horn.’
    • ‘From the edge of the field, the horns sounded a harsh blast.’
    blare, blaring, honk, bellow, boom, roar, screech, wail
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  • 4informal A severe reprimand.

    ‘I braced myself for the inevitable blast’
    • ‘He retired after only a single appointed term, issuing a public blast against his own party and virtually inviting the opposition to take over his seat.’
    • ‘Another blast of criticism was aimed at the good lady wife of the rock musician.’
    • ‘She gives the leftie columnist a big blast for the dishonesty of his criticisms.’
    • ‘The tennis prodigy offers a refreshingly impolite blast to his critics from the US Open before heading home.’
    • ‘So it is no mystery why my blast at the historian did not get the attention his did.’
    reprimand, rebuke, reproof, admonishment, admonition, reproach, reproval, scolding, remonstration, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, lecture, criticism, censure
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  • 5North American informal An enjoyable experience or lively party.

    ‘it could turn out to be a real blast’
    • ‘For instance, if a good friend of yours threw a party that was a blast (save for a few minor glitches), you'd commend her.’
    • ‘The crew, nerds given the opportunity to create worlds, are having a blast making the movie; and so are the stars.’
    • ‘The food was certainly satisfying, wholesome and tasty and the experience was a blast.’
    • ‘Dancing with my friends was a blast, dancing with strangers was too.’
    • ‘For the most part, all the fans I spoke to were a real blast, and very good sports.’
    • ‘Kids of all ages can have a blast on cross country skis.’
    • ‘The energy was fantastic and even the people backstage were having a blast.’
    • ‘I went there last night for the first time - what a blast!’
    • ‘I had the greatest time, some of those rides are a real blast.’
    • ‘I had a blast at the party, meeting with and flirting outrageously with all the lovely men there, but not in a rude way.’
    • ‘She seemed to enjoy the extra room, and she had a blast attacking me all evening.’
    • ‘As long as you know what to expect and are well prepared, drift diving can be a real blast!’
    • ‘And most importantly of all, these two-seater ragtops are a real blast to drive.’
    • ‘The first time was a great time, the second time was a blast.’
    • ‘I can't wait to party and have a blast at your restaurant!’
    • ‘When it works out, it's a real blast to see all these people come there and have a good time.’
    • ‘The party had been a blast, but the cleaning up was no fun.’
    • ‘My first show was a blast - I took second in the novice lightweight class!’
    • ‘She had a blast at the post-concert party last Saturday.’
    • ‘It's a real blast, even for those who aren't hardcore fans of the series.’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Blow up or break apart (something solid) with explosives.

    ‘quantities of solid rock had to be blasted away’
    ‘the explosion blasted out hundreds of windows’
    • ‘The attacking vehicles had been blasted apart, so there wasn't much left to salvage from them.’
    • ‘Trees were broken and cracked open, and buildings had been blasted apart as if by dynamite.’
    • ‘As the doors were blasted away, an audible gasp was heard from within.’
    • ‘Actually, the present lava dome at Mount St Helens is the third dome to form since the 1980 eruption, the previous two having been blasted away by the subsequent eruptions.’
    • ‘The bomb was used by the air force to blast helicopter landing zones in dense undergrowth.’
    • ‘The windows and doors were all blasted away, but the main structure stood solid, and they survived with but a few scratches.’
    • ‘The builders blasted out the foundations of the old property with dynamite in order to fit in the base of the new house.’
    • ‘From a safe distance, a disposal expert presses a button, triggering an explosion which blasts the mine to pieces.’
    • ‘A suicide car bomber blasted a crowd of police recruits in the small town.’
    • ‘Several whole windows would have to be blasted out before a plane would depressurize enough to threaten life within the cabin.’
    • ‘One tornado blasted apart a theatre just minutes after a movie ended.’
    • ‘He returned fire again, blasting a missile complex into atoms before moving back in the line to allow the undamaged ships access to the battle.’
    • ‘The explosion blasted the vessel into fragments, split the bed of the harbour and sent a mushroom cloud of smoke and debris surging three miles into the sky.’
    • ‘Explosions or collisions blast the objects into smaller pieces, increasing the number of objects further.’
    • ‘You can see big chunks of this pillar have been blasted away by a bomb - and rather clumsily filled in with grey plaster later on.’
    • ‘A van filled with homemade explosives blasts the federal building in the city.’
    • ‘Another explosion blasted the other end of the street apart.’
    • ‘Every piece of the hard rock had to be blasted out before being broken up with pick and shovel.’
    • ‘We all knew we were off to a good start since no one was blown or blasted into smithereens from any explosions.’
    • ‘The missiles struck her, blasting apart most of her engines and missile launchers.’
    blow up, bomb, blow, blow to pieces, dynamite, explode
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    1. 1.1 Produce (damage or a hole) by means of an explosion.
      ‘the force of the collision blasted out a tremendous crater’
      • ‘He leaped at her but she just kicked him away before blasting out an exit in the wall.’
      • ‘The raised cap of limestone has been blasted out.’
      • ‘The impact will blast a hole in the comet the size of a football stadium, officials say.’
      • ‘They blast holes in the walls and enter through them from one home to the next.’
      • ‘She then flew up as his plasma canon blasted away a large crater.’
      • ‘The new pictures show that most of the moon is dark, but impacts have blasted holes in the surface to reveal much brighter material underneath.’
      • ‘It took fifteen minutes in order to find an opening in the fortress, a large hole blasted in the side of it.’
      • ‘A large hole has been blasted into the mountain, where cement, stones and steel bars pile high, destroying the greenland.’
      • ‘They had merrily managed to blast several large holes in the nearby walls, causing general mayhem.’
      • ‘Note the bullet holes in the wall, and the mortar hole blasted through the walls in the background.’
      • ‘It took eighteen months to blast out the first four tunnels which were within a mile and a half of the beginning.’
      • ‘Troops found the church with large holes blasted out of its cement walls and its tin roof collapsed.’
      • ‘Some of the dazed survivors, seeing a hole had been blasted in the wall, ran for it.’
      • ‘With a dramatic swish of his cape, he ran out the hole he had blasted, jumping incredible distances just like the creatures they had faced.’
      • ‘This allows the attacking soldiers access to the building through holes blasted in the walls.’
    2. 1.2with object and adverbial of direction Force or throw (something) in a specified direction by impact or explosion.
      ‘the car was blasted thirty feet into the sky’
      • ‘The explosion then blasts the elements into interstellar space.’
      • ‘This video has something of the emotional effect you get when you see the video from the Saturn V launch that blasted the first humans at the moon.’
      • ‘The impact blasted watermelons and oranges and tomatoes all over the sidewalk.’
      • ‘Emergency workers blasted through solid rock from an adjacent mine to reach the miners.’
      • ‘A huge black blur struck the ground where he'd been standing scant instants ago, and a shower of dirt was blasted upwards from the impact.’
      • ‘The rocket launcher allows you to blast rockets in the air.’
      • ‘The explosion blasted her off the cliff, but she was holding herself up by a claw.’
      • ‘Explosion after explosion erupted, blasting dirt, mud and smoke high into the air.’
      • ‘It blasts them three feet a second, in a soaring arc that carries them as far as two feet away.’
      • ‘A fourth Army helicopter was blasted out of the sky by ground fire earlier this year during a raid on a suspected terrorist camp.’
      • ‘The masked men attacking him turned to give me a startled look before they were blasted into the air by some invisible force that seemed to flow from inside of me.’
      propel, project, send forth, eject, deliver, discharge, spout, fire, shoot, catapult, launch, release, force, push, impel, ram
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    3. 1.3 Shoot with a gun.
      ‘Fowler was blasted with an air rifle’
      • ‘Thrill seekers who blasted a car dealership with BB guns came under fire from community leaders who are calling for the toy weapons to be outlawed.’
      • ‘The more unusual ways of scattering ashes include packing them into fireworks which are then fired into the sky and putting ashes in shotgun cartridges to be blasted away.’
      • ‘She blasted him in the face with a shot of plasma, more than likely killing the pilot instantly.’
      • ‘He was still firing at the control booth, blasting bigger holes in it than the pirates themselves had managed.’
      • ‘She blasted the ship with heavy cannon fire.’
      • ‘He was able to bring up his gun quickly enough and started blasting at whoever or whatever was in that direction.’
      • ‘In a separate incident, a woman was critically ill in hospital last night after she was blasted with a shotgun in her house.’
      • ‘Before she could do too much damage, he used a hidden gun to blast her away.’
      • ‘His cruiser had blasted more holes into the starboard side of the alien mothership.’
      • ‘He stood up from behind the couch and opened fire, blasting the doorframe next to his enemy's head.’
      • ‘He brought the gun around and prepared himself to blast at anything that moved.’
      • ‘In his mind, he blasted six large holes in the blimp's gas cells.’
      • ‘A man was blasted in the foot by a gunman who fled the scene.’
      • ‘He turned and began to fire his machine gun wildly before he was blasted full of holes.’
      • ‘She fired a shot, blasting the hinge off the door.’
      • ‘Before the stupid creature knew it, I had blasted several rounds of fire from my weapon.’
      • ‘Helicopter gunships blasted the town last week.’
      • ‘Both of the metal slabs on his hips unfolded into their gun modes and began blasting away the enemy units two at a time.’
      fire, fire away, shoot, shoot away, blaze, blaze away, let fly
      shoot, shoot down, gun down, mow down, cut down, put a bullet in, pick off, bag, fell, kill
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    4. 1.4no object , with adverbial of direction Move very quickly and loudly in a specified direction.
      ‘driving rain blasted through the smashed window’
      • ‘Smoke blasts through chimneys and the odd crevice, as if to remind you that this machine belongs to the era of steam power.’
      • ‘She blasted out of the blocks and immediately established her dominance over the other runners.’
      • ‘Sitting in the carpark, watching the sheets of rain blasting across the tarmac, there really wasn't much else to do but go home.’
      • ‘An icy wind blasted down my street, funnelling and whipping wet hair across my face.’
      • ‘From there the heat blasts right through the interior window shade and into your home.’
      • ‘A wave of power blasted in the direction of the hunters, knocking them off their feet.’
      • ‘Bits of silver metal blasted in every direction.’
      • ‘Foot traffic blasted by him, men and women, in pairs, in groups, all alone.’
      • ‘With gale-force winds blasting throughout the cabin, I concentrated on stabilizing the hose.’
      • ‘The wind was blasting hard into my face and against my body.’
      • ‘The students began blasting past cars and began heading towards the airport entrance.’
      • ‘They blasted past the ship in one of the speedboats to quickly survey the reef's outer walls.’
      • ‘The blow dryer slipped out of his hands and I grimaced as the hot air blasted directly on my face.’
      • ‘As the runner blasted out of the blocks in the 400 metres last week, it looked like she might make qualification.’
      • ‘A gust of wind blasts against his face, carrying with it the scent of rot and decay and the suggestion of whispers.’
      • ‘Rain came blasting down from the once-clear-of-clouds cloudy sky onto her face, trickling down her cheeks.’
      • ‘Heat blasted back into their faces from the barrage, yet still the armies advanced.’
      • ‘I wrenched around, my blood pressure blasting into the stratosphere.’
      • ‘The ramp extended and a frigid wind blasted through the opening.’
      • ‘She opened the nozzle and a powerful stream blasted out onto the hillside behind the house.’
  • 2Make or cause to make a loud continuous musical or other noise.

    no object ‘music blasted out at full volume’
    with object ‘an impatient motorist blasted his horn’
    • ‘The stereo blasted out an endless stream of dance music as they swayed and sweated with the rest.’
    • ‘I heard the TV blasting loudly in the living room where she was and felt my blood boil.’
    • ‘The noise once again began blasting louder and louder.’
    • ‘The sweet sounds of the band blasted out of the speakers.’
    • ‘So, if you like your country-ish rock complete with slide guitars and a little twang, feel free to blast it out your car stereo this summer.’
    • ‘I went straight into my room and started to sleep, only to be awoken by loud pop music blasting in my ears.’
    • ‘I started the car and blasted the radio, as I put it in reverse and drove out.’
    • ‘Hands wave madly in the air as the first grinding guitar riff blasts through the speakers.’
    • ‘The car behind you blasted its horn because you let a pedestrian finish crossing.’
    • ‘As the singer's voice blasted across the stadium, I quickly became disenchanted with the bottled sound of the band.’
    • ‘The workers customised the float with campaign slogans and blasted out classic tunes from popular bands.’
    • ‘The body beside him slumped forward onto the steering wheel and the horn blasted loudly through the silence.’
    • ‘Pupils aged between five and 18 blasted out renditions of well-known songs.’
    • ‘Whenever someone is out, the loudspeaker blasts out a 10 second clip of some corny but apt popular music tune.’
    • ‘The stereo blasted loudly as the people on the streets flashed by the window at unreal speeds.’
    • ‘Could someone indicate to the technicians that we are being blasted out by the sound system?’
    • ‘In the last of a series of protests and parties by radical groups, youths drank and danced as a stereo system blasted out tunes.’
    • ‘Hundreds of other drinkers packed into the warren of rooms as the star's voice blasted out of the sound system.’
    • ‘Extravagantly costumed masquerade troupes shimmied down the streets as trucks with speakers piled high blasted out calypso and soul.’
    • ‘A supertanker, bulldozing down right behind us, blasted her bullhorn and sent us hightailing it back toward the shoreline.’
    honk, sound loudly, trumpet, blare, boom, roar
    blare, boom, roar, thunder, bellow, pump, shriek, screech
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  • 3Kick, strike, or throw (a ball) hard.

    ‘Ripken blasted the ball into the gap in right field’
    • ‘In one fluid movement, he flicks the ball from his left foot on to his right foot, then blasts a volley into the net.’
    • ‘He blasted in a great ball that ricocheted against the post and rebounded back into play.’
    • ‘His first action of the game is to hack down Frei and Hakan Yakin blasts the resulting free kick wide of the right upright.’
    • ‘Instead of blasting the ball wide of Main, the striker elected to shoot straight at the keeper.’
    • ‘He made no mistake with the free kick, blasting the ball into the top left hand corner of the net.’
    • ‘He stands over the free-kick and blasts the ball hopelessly at the US wall.’
    • ‘Which can you blast harder, a tennis serve or a slap shot?’
    • ‘I gave him another stare, did a bit of a dummy, and blasted the ball as hard as I could.’
    • ‘Is it wise to just blast the ball as hard as possible or should the player take the more cultured approach and go for accuracy?’
    • ‘He blasted 17 fours and four sixes in an unbeaten 101, both reaching his ton and winning the match with his final six.’
    • ‘The young Motherwell striker managed to blast the ball into the side netting.’
    • ‘He blasted home the free kick as the game entered injury time.’
    • ‘Within seconds all Jack's hard work looks wasted as Caniza wriggles free and blasts the ball past him.’
    • ‘He chested the ball on to Robinson who blasted his 30 yard effort over the bar.’
    • ‘In the first minute the Kendal striker blasted a shot just wide.’
    • ‘Up stepped Parker to blast the ball past Marshall from the resultant kick.’
    • ‘He hit almost half his side's total of 269-6, blasting 19 fours and three sixes.’
    • ‘He blasted a twenty yard free kick inches over the crossbar.’
    • ‘Aftab blasted Gillespie's first ball over mid-wicket for six and then scampered a single from the next ball to seal a win.’
    • ‘His through ball put his teammate clear, but as the shot fell to him on his weaker left foot, he blasted his shot over.’
    • ‘Then, four minutes from time, the striker blasted the ball against the bar with an empty net in front of him.’
    • ‘From the subsequent free kick, he blasted the ball just wide.’
  • 4informal Criticize fiercely.

    ‘the school was blasted by government inspectors’
    • ‘Critics blasted him for pouring taxpayer funds into badly managed banks and unneeded infrastructure projects.’
    • ‘General election candidates were blasted yesterday for sending thousands of unsolicited vote-getting phone messages to their constituents.’
    • ‘Now, she's blasting a judge for releasing two suspects held in her daughter's still unresolved case.’
    • ‘The president is already blasting congress for spending too much.’
    • ‘Last night, he blasted someone in the audience for booing the mere mention of that band.’
    • ‘A farmer has blasted officials who threw out his appeal over rights of way across his land.’
    • ‘In recent years, the council has been blasted with icy criticisms from residents unhappy with the authority's winter road policies.’
    • ‘Some critics have blasted him for connecting violence at home to a past history of bloodshed and aggression abroad.’
    • ‘I suppose that some people may blast me for these criticisms and claim that they found his adventures compelling.’
    • ‘He has blasted the Mansfield striker's ‘poor attitude’ during his loan stay at Wetherby Road.’
    • ‘Rail bosses have been blasted for a lack of information on new timetables which have just gone up at the station.’
    • ‘The association blasted an independent report released by the government yesterday claiming speed cameras save lives.’
    • ‘Democrats are already blasting him for what they say are his extreme views.’
    • ‘She has blasted the senator's criticism of the war by reminding viewers that he voted for the war.’
    • ‘It was also a colossal failure, shunned by audiences and blasted by critics as ‘pretentious.’’
    • ‘Conservatives question whether TV ads for a new film blasting the president could unfairly impact voters.’
    • ‘She has been blasted by one of Hollywood's top directors, as one of the rudest women in the industry.’
    • ‘They've yet to call a press conference to blast the damage these warped images can do to the psyche of young people in this country.’
    • ‘The fire station officer blasted the firebugs for their stupidity.’
    • ‘Just as I marched up, the commander came up in a car and blasted the hell out of me for putting a tent up where it was.’
    • ‘Then he blasts the leader for not doing enough to fight AIDS.’
    reprimand, rebuke, criticize, upbraid, berate, castigate, reprove, rail at, flay
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  • 5literary (of a wind or other natural force) wither, shrivel, or blight (a plant)

    ‘crops blasted on the eve of harvest’
    blight, kill, destroy, wither, shrivel
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    1. 5.1 Strike with divine anger.
      ‘damn and blast this awful place!’
      • ‘Tom won the descent blast him!’
    2. 5.2 Destroy or ruin.
      ‘a candidate whose only strategy is to blast the opposition’
      • ‘He has not yet had his trial but his life has already been blasted into disarray.’
      • ‘It's not as if the candidate's crew hadn't already tried to blast his opponent to smithereens.’
      • ‘As for Glasgow, they've already blasted Munster off the park in the Celtic League.’
      destroy, crush, dash, blight, wreck, ruin, spoil, mar, annihilate, disappoint, frustrate
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exclamation

British
informal
  • Expressing annoyance.

    ‘“Blast! The car won't start!”’
    damn, damnation, blast, hell, heck, gordon bennett
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Phrases

  • a blast from the past

    • informal Something forcefully nostalgic.

      ‘a request for a real old blast from the past’
      • ‘The old photographs were also a blast from the past for the family.’
      • ‘Here's a little blast from the past.’
      • ‘Wow - what a blast from the past to see a list of my old co-workers.’
      • ‘It's a blast from the past, mid-1960s or very early 1970s at the latest, when these crushed coloured glass in resin things were popular.’
      • ‘Most of the cars dated from the 1950s and 60s, and according to the organiser, the outing proved a real blast from the past for the older generation.’
      • ‘For those of us who were active in the antiwar movement, it's a blast from the past.’
      • ‘This little gem of a workout is a blast from the past because it requires only minimal equipment and a place to run or walk.’
      • ‘It was a real blast from the past for them when we published photographs that had never been collected from a developing laboratory.’
      • ‘This morning, while listening to the radio on the way to work, I heard an absolutely great blast from the past!’
      • ‘I got an e-mail the other day from an old friend, one of those blasts from the past that take you back in time.’
  • (at) full blast

    • At maximum power or intensity.

      ‘the heat is on full blast’
      • ‘Start up the engine and run the heat at full blast again until you're warm.’
      • ‘This song, like many others on the album, was written to be played at full blast.’
      • ‘Even with the air-conditioning going full blast, the sun began to turn his car into an oven.’
      • ‘The worst causes are dogs barking for long periods, and people who play their music too loudly or have their TV on full blast.’
      • ‘Then she drove home with the radio on full blast.’
      • ‘You get out of your car and the fiery heat hits you full blast.’
      • ‘Police cars swirled all over the ground, surrounding the crowd, lights and sirens on, full blast.’
      • ‘It took three enormous blankets and a heater on full blast to keep me warm.’
      • ‘As the theatre group set up, I was treated to all my favorite pop songs played at full blast.’
      • ‘He deplored the fact that the factory was started up at night and was going at full blast.’
      with great force, full force, with full force, full blast, with a will, for all one is worth, with might and main, with all the stops out, all out, with a vengeance, vigorously, energetically, strongly, powerfully, madly
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Phrasal Verbs

  • blast off

    • (of a rocket or spacecraft) take off from a launching site.

      • ‘Current polar satellite launch vehicles can blast off carrying 1,000 to 1,200-kilogram units.’
      • ‘The captain pushes the start button and suddenly the spaceship blasts off into outer space!’
      • ‘The next inhabitants of the International Space Station blasted off aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, just after one o'clock this morning.’
      • ‘His mind fills with images of sleek, silvery rockets, blasting off into space.’
      • ‘The spacecraft will blast off on 26 October on a journey that will take it approximately five months.’
      • ‘Europe's heavy lifting rocket has successfully blasted off from French Guiana with two telecoms satellites on board.’
      • ‘Above our heads an enormous spaceship blasts off into a star-filled sky.’
      • ‘A privately-built rocket blasted off into suborbital space above California's Mojave Desert today.’
      • ‘The rockets of the ship flared and they blasted off.’
      • ‘I wouldn't want to miss it when the rocket blasts off.’
      be launched, take off, lift off, leave the ground, become airborne, take to the air
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Origin

Old English blǣst, of Germanic origin; related to blaze.

Pronunciation

blast

/blast//blæst/