Definition of blistering in US English:



  • 1(of heat) intense.

    ‘the blistering heat of the desert’
    • ‘The afternoon show is the worst hit as only a few are willing to endure the blistering heat and mosquito menace for a few hours of entertainment.’
    • ‘The heat of the moment at the stadium matched the blistering heat of the day.’
    • ‘During the expedition they will pass through nine of the continent's 13 countries, carrying their own food, water and shelter in often blistering heat.’
    • ‘Roadside vendors and auto drivers who used to park their vehicles under the cool shade of the trees will now have to brave the blistering heat of the sun.’
    • ‘The story is the same for the young and the elderly who wait and wait and wait in the humid blistering heat of southeastern Louisiana.’
    • ‘Mourners stood in the blistering heat, under tents and trees and cramped under the home.’
    • ‘More than 150 people attended the event, played in blistering heat which required frequent breaks for refreshments though not all of them of the non-alcoholic variety.’
    • ‘It's been odd and funny and great; blizzards and blistering heat and all kinds of stuff.’
    • ‘The blistering heat and intense flash made Joel look away for a second.’
    • ‘The aroma of burning wood suddenly hit his nose as blistering heat blustered over him.’
    • ‘He cycled more than 2,000 miles following the route of the world-famous Tour de France on his own for six weeks in the blistering heat of French summer.’
    • ‘Looking into that sea of khaki gave me chills even in that blistering heat.’
    • ‘We spend the afternoon wandering around the area in the blistering heat, popping into the various cafes to drink the best coffee in the world.’
    • ‘Just ahead, keeping things cool amid blistering heat in the horn of Africa.’
    • ‘The smell was of boiling sulphur and choking grey dust, and the blistering heat burnt his face, and soon the ash cloud blinded him too, but still he was not scared.’
    • ‘Despite the blistering heat, the pond is unique in the sense that it one of the biggest geysers in Java.’
    • ‘So, did 400 million citizens and voters queue in blistering heat of 40-plus to soothe the fretful nerves of the market?’
    • ‘Those fires have been fueled by a blistering heat wave that's smothering most of Europe.’
    • ‘Organisers are hoping for more blistering heat to draw in the crowds.’
    • ‘The advantages are clear: a steady few minutes away from the blistering heat of the sun and the demands of the street, a spot to sit and a few precious moments with nothing else to do.’
    intense, extreme, ferocious, fierce, acute, strong, very great
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    1. 1.1 (of criticism) expressed with great vehemence.
      ‘blistering diatribes’
      • ‘He has turned blistering controversy and attacks on him personally into a movie event the likes of which has not been seen in many years.’
      • ‘But he defended his ‘soft language’ on the issue, while also launching a blistering attack on the Liberal Democrats.’
      • ‘As angry workers rejected the restructuring plan and proposals for widespread job losses there was blistering criticism of key decisions taken by senior management in recent years.’
      • ‘Yesterday she launched a blistering attack on the gleeful liberals who have delighted in her husband's troubles.’
      • ‘And today one local firm of merchants launched a blistering attack on the decision, branding it ‘nonsensical’.’
      • ‘A high-ranking government official launched a blistering attack on the media and the way in which the media is covering the war.’
      • ‘A barrister launched a blistering attack on an anti-social behaviour order imposed by magistrates on Thursday.’
      • ‘The guy looked up from his pounding on the cowering animal and yelled back a blistering tirade of obscenities which I won't repeat here.’
      • ‘One of the foremost experts on popular culture launched into a blistering attack on modern broadcasting standards when he appeared at the Literature Festival at the weekend.’
      • ‘The court's judgment contained a blistering criticism of the criminal justice system.’
      • ‘After 25 minutes or so of fairly blistering invective, she gives up.’
      • ‘He has launched a blistering attack on film censorship and said there is nothing wrong with showing extreme violence on screen.’
      • ‘About half, including me by the time I had slept on it, thought it was just the right level of blistering ridicule.’
      • ‘The wife of the elusive businessman has launched a blistering attack on the media over its reporting of her husband's business affairs.’
      • ‘But they launched a blistering attack on the regulator's methodology.’
      • ‘A follow-up inspection of the council last year, which followed blistering criticism two years ago, identified the housing service as failing.’
      savage, vicious, fierce, bitter, severe, sharp, harsh, scathing, devastating, mordant, trenchant, caustic, cutting, biting, stinging, searing, withering, virulent, vitriolic
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    2. 1.2 Extremely fast, forceful, or impressive.
      ‘Burke set a blistering pace’
      • ‘Brian was an outstanding underage player, possessing blistering pace, lethal finish and he is also an accomplished goalkeeper.’
      • ‘The wing used his blistering pace to skin at least four defenders in a 70-yard sprint to the line.’
      • ‘But the doubts about America being able to sustain her recent blistering growth pace remain.’
      • ‘Speediest on-baller you could ever find, he can run out the entire game at a blistering pace - opposition taggers don't stand a chance.’
      • ‘Lastly, I am a bit of control freak with a blistering pace when it comes to work.’
      • ‘The flying front man was transformed into an unstoppable cyclone, ripping Birmingham to shreds with his blistering pace and bagging four goals in one game.’
      • ‘The 200 gr. load is blistering fast but the light bullet keeps recoil down.’
      • ‘Setting a blistering pace on the run up Honey Rose scorched around the opening turns to set herself up nicely for victory.’
      • ‘The sessions are delivered at blistering pace, some of the show - off riffs performed by youngsters only nine or ten years old.’
      • ‘You can retrieve email, news, weather reports, sports scores, and flight updates - even as you check the blistering pace of your morning run.’
      • ‘The 33-year-old set a blistering pace to finish third in the Newcomers Race.’
      • ‘The blistering pace of the Kiwi winger had the crowd gasping and everyone was surprised when he was hauled down within sight of the line.’
      • ‘This film delivers blockbuster action, but its blistering pace leaves the story as soulless as the monsters that inhabit it.’
      • ‘The final began with blistering pace as the home side were hit with fast break after fast break.’
      • ‘The Olympic medallist powered to victory after setting a blistering pace.’
      • ‘The battle on the wings should be interesting with all four showing marvellous skill and blistering pace.’
      • ‘His long, thin frame, coupled with his blistering pace and clinical finishing, make him the ideal counter-attacking striker and all-purpose goal poacher.’
      • ‘As we've said, the game is blistering fast, and can even be cranked up further using the slider bar.’
      • ‘The initial shock wasn't so much the blistering pace, but the quick thinking.’
      • ‘The South African wing had barely a couple of metres to work in, but a combination of a pinpoint chip-kick and blistering pace saw him outstrip the cover to win the race to the touchdown.’
      very fast, breakneck
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