Main definitions of blow in US English:

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  • 1no object (of wind) move creating an air current.

    ‘a cold wind began to blow’
    • ‘The only potential problem was the gusts of winds blowing across the carriageway.’
    • ‘When strong wind blows to create waves and ripples, when it rains hard or when sheets of snow land on the lake-surface.’
    • ‘It was mid autumn and the leaves were already starting to swirl around me as a harsher wind blew, creating almost a curtain of color each time the breeze came.’
    • ‘Her thoughts were interrupted by a small gust of wind blowing across her face.’
    • ‘A freezing gust of wind blew into Iris' face making her shiver slightly.’
    • ‘Changes in weather patterns can create high-level winds blowing opposite to those near the ocean.’
    • ‘Another breeze of wind blew past them, unusually cold for this time of the year.’
    • ‘She wrapped her arms around her as a gust of wind blew by raising Beta's hair up into the air and rustling through the dark foliage of the hedge behind us.’
    • ‘The wind was blowing and it created a nice warm, breeze.’
    • ‘A cool gust of wind blew, pushing Freya's hair from her face, and rippling sheets of grass.’
    • ‘The soft gale winds blowing from the bay provided Eva with a slight chill and she did up her black button coat.’
    • ‘Thankfully, no steady breeze was blowing, so no wind chill was created.’
    • ‘This creates winds that generally blow from the southwest during the summer monsoon and from the northeast from October to April.’
    • ‘There was a pause between them as a gust of wind blew by.’
    • ‘He closed his eyes and a gust of wind blew upward drying him.’
    • ‘Around midnight, the wind began blowing and woke me up.’
    • ‘An unexpected cold gust of wind blew into the room and I looked up to note a small gap in the wall of stone blocks.’
    • ‘What was then just a cloud on the horizon is now a full-force storm with gale winds blowing.’
    • ‘There's a slight ocean breeze blowing to the west creating a headwind, but at least take off will be easier.’
    • ‘A cool gust of wind blew through the canyon, dispersing the bad smell.’
    gust, puff, flurry, blast, roar, bluster, rush, storm
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    1. 1.1with object and adverbial of direction (of wind) cause to move; propel.
      ‘a gust of wind blew a cloud of smoke into his face’
      ‘the spire was blown down during a gale’
      • ‘Lauren nodded and then felt a huge gust of wind blow the hair around her face.’
      • ‘He had commenced work when a gust of wind blew his cloak, which he had left upon a rock, across the valley and it landed where the monastery was later built.’
      • ‘We are here, we're going to disappear so quickly, like a puff of milkweed pod blown by the wind.’
      • ‘One of its sides leaned over the top of us, almost forming a roof, yet above us and to our right I could clearly see a white lacework of froth being blown by the wind on the sea's surface.’
      • ‘I thought that I must be mistaken, that they were blown by the wind, but again I bent to touch one, and saw it hop hastily away.’
      • ‘His hair was blown by the wind and his grey eyes were smiling a little.’
      • ‘Monday's eruption occurred just before sunset; the ash cloud was blown by the wind toward the west, away from the most heavily populated areas.’
      • ‘He didn't want to allow what might be his only chance to be with her fritter away like paper blown by the wind.’
      • ‘But shoppers were given a surprise when gusts of wind blew water from two of the sculptures on to the street.’
      • ‘During the celebrations, an ominous gust of wind blew desert sand over the assembled dignitaries.’
      • ‘Her long, cellar-black hair was blown by the wind across her exquisitely beautiful face.’
      • ‘The curtains were blown by the wind, along with his hair.’
      • ‘The road is straighter than the track of a rain drop blown by high wind.’
      • ‘Wind gusts can blow the rotting trees down, posing a serious enough danger that the city removes them for reasons of liability.’
      • ‘It's like comparing the sound of a broken blender to the sound of harp strings blown by the wind.’
      • ‘August is the hottest month in the desert but drivers will encounter less sand blown by the wind.’
      • ‘Audrey's blonde hair was blown by the wind, making her look like some screaming banshee.’
      • ‘The lump of mud around the roots kept it very steady and once we got moving the wind blew it backwards, but I kept checking for overhead power lines.’
      • ‘Was that a dog rolling on the pavement or a newspaper blown by the wind?’
      • ‘It is believed a gust of wind blew her gown into the engine.’
      sweep, carry, pull, drag, drive, buffet, move, whisk, toss, waft, whirl
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    2. 1.2 Be carried, driven, or moved by the wind or an air current.
      ‘it was so windy that the tent nearly blew away’
      ‘cotton curtains blowing in the breeze’
      • ‘As a non-smoker I feel as though I have the right to go out for the night and not have smoke blown into my face.’
      • ‘Flames leapt high in the sky and smoke blew across Castleton at the height of the blaze.’
      • ‘Luckily, the smoke was blowing away from Halifax Road.’
      • ‘Antimony cast a scornful eye over the wrecked interior, the ripped curtains blowing plaintively with a weak breeze.’
      • ‘Melbourne looked autumnal - a sudden shower, and dead leaves blowing around the streets.’
      • ‘The leaves have mostly blown off the trees in the past two days, so if you were looking for foliage, this is pretty much what's left’
      • ‘Looking through his sorcerous eyes, he watched as the magical flux appeared, and then blew away, like smoke on a breeze.’
      • ‘I know it's a free country, but if I've sat quietly on a bench minding my own business then why should I have to put up with someone else's smoke blowing freely in my face.’
      • ‘After I hung up the phone I sat outside a little bit and watched the leaves blow on the trees.’
      • ‘By lunchtime it was still hanging around, and dead leaves were blowing around among the office workers tramping down Lonsdale Street in search of food.’
      • ‘She puts in long hours there and she's a smoker herself, but she describes working behind a bar as like having smoke constantly blown in your face, hour after hour.’
      • ‘The glass doors are shielded from the inside with white, nearly transparent curtains and they blow inward with the breeze.’
      • ‘These issues aside, it is also very unpleasant to have foul-smelling smoke blowing into your face when you are trying to enjoy for example, a meal.’
      • ‘At one point, deep in the windy mountains, the windscreen wiper right in front of my face nearly blew away!’
      • ‘She made her way into one of the two bedrooms, finding a large four poster, lacy curtains of the canopy blowing gently in the breeze of the air conditioner.’
      • ‘For the last few months we have had to use the main entrance and had to push our way past the smokers on the steps besides having smoke blown at us.’
      • ‘As long as they don't have leaves blowing around in the Tardis I'll be happy.’
      • ‘She was keen, going round to the far side of the barbecue, heading for the only available space… the gap in the circle where all the smoke and ashes blew.’
      • ‘In the distance were clouds rising from chimneys, as wiry as the lines of smoke blowing from Vesa's roll-ups.’
      • ‘Who wants smoke blowing all over a lovely dinner you?’
      drift, flutter, waft, flow, stream, whirl, move, wave, flap, undulate, float, glide, travel, be carried
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    3. 1.3North American informal with object Leave (a place)
      no object ‘I'd better blow’
      ‘I'm ready to blow town’
      • ‘It's only a matter of time before these guys blow, so see them while you still can.’
      • ‘Boy, when guys blow on this climb, they are gone in a hurry!’
      • ‘Board up, pack up, and blow town before the traffic chokes.’
      • ‘He blew town but later turned himself in to police in Muskegon.’
      • ‘The duo plan to blow town the next morning, but until then, they have to pretend as if nothing's changed.’
  • 2no object (of a person) expel air through pursed lips.

    ‘Willie took a deep breath, and blew’
    ‘he blew on his coffee to cool it’
    • ‘She lightly blew on it, blowing away the hot air.’
    • ‘It was superfluously hot, so I just blew on it and waited for it to cool down.’
    • ‘She brought the instrument to her lips and blew as hard as she could, sending a shrill cry into the air.’
    • ‘Sara blew fiercely, her breath growing short as she struggled to remove the last few seedlings.’
    • ‘Just than I got a chill down my back and my neck, it felt like someone had blown on my neck to scare me.’
    • ‘Angie blew hard on the glass, clearing the picture so that it was easier to see.’
    • ‘Josh blew on the canteen of hot tea he'd smuggled from his home into the Café and sighed as the steam began to warm his frozen fingers.’
    • ‘He blows harder and harder, everybody laughs in anticipation, and the balloon busts with a big bang right in his face.’
    • ‘The harder you blow or the smaller the hole, the shriller the whistle.’
    • ‘The logs ignited with a simple glimmer, and he gently blew on the ember to make it flare to life.’
    • ‘Jake is adamant and placing his hands around the machine, he blows as hard as possible down the tube.’
    • ‘He watched her as she softly blew on the wound and it took a lot of him not to lean forward and kiss her.’
    • ‘Don't blow too hard in her ear: Admit it, some kid at school told you girls love this.’
    • ‘I blew hard on my gloved hands and rubbed them together as I sat down on the bench next to him.’
    • ‘He then blew on it lightly to give it the appearance of life.’
    • ‘Bring her face into close proximity with his lips; she gently blew on the cut.’
    • ‘She then looked up at her friend while she gently blew on the candle.’
    • ‘She gently blew on the wound, trying to make it stop burning, but the gesture wasn't helping any.’
    • ‘Chloe blew on the paper to make the ink dry and then folded it so it was really small and put it in a beige envelope that was longer then it was wide.’
    • ‘He blew as hard as he could and both of the sentries woke up in alarm and climbed out of their tents.’
    1. 2.1with object Use one's breath to propel.
      ‘he blew cigar smoke in her face’
      • ‘They all huddled around low benches, looking excited and blowing puffs of icy breath.’
      • ‘We took turns taking deep drags on the cigarette and blowing smoke rings.’
      • ‘But no… he had to blow that cigar smoke in my face for ten minutes, didn't he?’
      • ‘Baranza began to walk toward him, chuckling under his breath, and Brigg blew a stream of smoke from his mouth before removing the cigarette.’
      • ‘She inhaled and blew a stream of smoke in Ethan's direction.’
      • ‘The man proceeded to step back on to the carpet and blow heavy clouds of cigar smoke on to staff trying to serve other customers.’
      • ‘They blew clouds of fishy breath our way and rumbled like elephants.’
      • ‘‘The merchandising looks nothing like us,’ he says, blowing hula hoops of cigar smoke.’
      • ‘He let out a deep breath, blowing the hair from his eyes and got to his feet.’
      • ‘When he chucked his breath blew my hair a little and tickled my neck.’
      • ‘He blew air into it like a musical instrument; He created nine visible doors, while the tenth one was kept concealed.’
      • ‘I used to enjoy blowing smoke rings in idle moments.’
      • ‘Inhaling deeply I blew a puff of smoke right into some nerd's face.’
      • ‘He took a long puff of his cigar then sighed, blowing a steady stream of smoke.’
      • ‘I look out the window of the front porch, drawing a deep breath, blowing it onto the window.’
      • ‘He blew out his breath, blowing his hair like Jocelyn had done earlier.’
      • ‘Taking a deep breath he blew a series of inaudible slow notes, making slight adjustments to the slide after each one.’
      • ‘The other took a puff of his cigar and blew a cloud of smoke at the cherub.’
      • ‘It's an advanced skill and shouldn't be tried by anyone without precise buoyancy because of the risk of holding your breath while blowing the bubble.’
      • ‘She played with her breath, blowing it into the air to make small clouds of fog and watch them fade away.’
      exhale, breathe out, puff out, emit, expel, discharge, give out, issue, send forth
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    2. 2.2 Breathe hard; pant.
      ‘Uncle Albert was soon puffing and blowing’
      • ‘Bill is puffing and blowing, but there is a look of ineffable peace and growing content on his rose-pink features.’
      • ‘The only sound was coming from Drake, his breath blowing hard from his lungs with every push up.’
      • ‘Ketheral waited until they rose, breathing and blowing heavily - one of them cursing breathlessly.’
      • ‘Taylor wasn't the only Scottish forward puffing and blowing towards the end of the game, and when it came to tempo there was only one team dictating it.’
      • ‘Both were blowing hard as assistant coach, aged 42 and retired from competitive football for 10 years, beat them to the line.’
      • ‘The hounds are blowing hard and dripping with sweat, but they are utterly delighted with themselves.’
      • ‘Falkon shot into Avaria, panting and blowing like a horse.’
      • ‘He was keeled over, blowing hard, his hands braced on his knees, sweat dripping off his nose.’
      • ‘They reached the border of the camp in five minutes, every puppy panting and blowing, and Teera gazing calmly at the range of tents.’
      wheeze, puff, pant, puff and pant, gasp, huff and puff, breathe hard, breathe heavily, fight for breath, catch one's breath
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    3. 2.3with object Cause to breathe hard; exhaust of breath.
      ‘an exhausted, blown horse’
      • ‘He changed horses five times, each time dropping off a blown horse and throwing himself into the next one that was saddled.’
      • ‘After French cuirassiers and lancers had counter-attacked, Ponsonby was dead and a sad remnant on blown horses limped back to be of no further use to an exasperated Wellington.’
      • ‘At two o'clock a jaded and blown horse stood before the door of the barracks at Archangel's Rise.’
      • ‘Whatever the reason, as long as it is easy for the rider of a blown horse to change horses during a game, we are going to see these cases.’
      • ‘‘Are you fellows mad?’ shouted the young storekeeper, as he dashed past the group, and pulled his blown horse round in a circle.’
    4. 2.4with object (of a person) force air through the mouth into (an instrument) in order to make a sound.
      ‘the umpire blew his whistle’
      • ‘It says a lot about a match when the most dramatic moments come after the final whistle has been blown, when both managers get to bickering about the referee.’
      • ‘He spoke frankly only after the whistle had already been blown.’
      • ‘Wallace blew his shrilly whistle and dismissed the team, who tiredly made their way to the locker room.’
      • ‘The whistle is to be blown only in the event of emergencies and must be visibly worn at all times while on the premises.’
      • ‘This is because every driver has to ensure they act in line with a whistle which is blown three times.’
      • ‘Dayton opened his mouth to continue conversation, but to my delight, Mr. Burner blew his over pitched whistle.’
      • ‘The train passed through bright sunlit gardens and dark tunnels as it rattled over the tracks, stopping every once in a while and blowing its long low whistle.’
      • ‘They both know that victory is essential and neither of them throw in the towel until the final whistle has been blown so I wouldn't take my eyes off this game for a second.’
      sound, play, blast, toot, pipe, trumpet
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    5. 2.5 (of such an instrument) make a noise by having air forced through it.
      ‘police whistles blew’
      • ‘Like those two characters, who are friends off-duty but become antagonists when the workday whistle blows, until they punch out at the end of the day.’
      • ‘The pulse of the drums rose to a new peak, the conch shells blew; then suddenly something very strange happened.’
      • ‘There was an intriguing cameo as the half-time whistle blew.’
      • ‘Even long after the final whistle had blown, Cooper was still being congratulated by his City team-mates as he went to join his friend's birthday celebrations.’
      • ‘Seconds later the final whistle blew and it was all over.’
      • ‘Passengers saying goodbye to loved ones, the hiss and woosh of the trains, whistles blowing and luggage everywhere.’
      • ‘Watch in amazement as the final free is taken in the All Ireland Hurling Final and the final whistle blows immediately afterwards.’
      • ‘Whistles blown, air horns sounding, as we swept past the most fashionable addresses in London.’
      • ‘The ball was kicked out and the final whistle blew.’
      • ‘There were great scenes of excitement when the final whistle blew with the Mercy obviously very relieved to have won this game having made the long trek north.’
      • ‘Kevin admitted to being choked with pride when the final whistle blew and TV viewers across the world saw the Ireland manager punching the air with joy.’
      • ‘When the whistle blew for half time the antagonists bowed to each other and went off to drink in the same pub (admittedly in separate bars).’
      • ‘This was an odd game of rugby in which the home side led from the first minute until the last but never looked safe until the final whistle had blown.’
      • ‘Long after the final whistle had blown at their semi-final, the sound of drums beating and fans chanting could be heard outside the stadium.’
      • ‘As the final whistle blew, the crowd erupted in jubilation.’
      • ‘Whistles blew, cars honked, sirens sounded - noises typical of any urban environment.’
      • ‘It had been 40 years since the company closed the railway, but now there was again an echo in the wilderness, as the whistle blew once more.’
      • ‘In its early history, music was the serious concern of voices, or instruments blown or bowed.’
      • ‘It was quiet from midnight to 6 a.m., but then it was like in the cartoons when the factory whistle blows, they just started crashing.’
      • ‘A computer generated voice comes to life as klaxons sound and whistles blow.’
    6. 2.6with object Sound (the horn of a vehicle).
      • ‘Jack said as the horn blew signaling the five-minute warning for the shipmates loved ones.’
      • ‘And all that motor vehicle horn blowing that's so much fun when you're in the car?’
      • ‘They stopped for about 10 minutes at the grade road crossing just up the track, blew a louder horn than before, and then moved very slowly and carefully across the road.’
      • ‘Picket lines enjoyed public support yesterday with motorists blowing their horns.’
      • ‘There was suddenly the sound of someone blowing a horn of some kind.’
      • ‘Should a motorist blow his horn the Guide Dog can become agitated and may therefore be unsure as to what course of action to take.’
      • ‘They came streaming over the front line east from Kunduz in a cloud of dust at about 2pm local time, their vehicle lights on and horns blowing.’
      • ‘The victory here seemed as if Swaziland had just won the World Cup with motorists blowing their car horns in wild jubilation.’
      • ‘Other motorists also blow their horns in return to wish the newlyweds good luck.’
      • ‘Then a horn was to be blown and the words ‘Out on ye, out on ye, out on ye’ shouted.’
      • ‘Before he could find one a horn blew somewhere sounding the approach of dawn.’
    7. 2.7informal Play jazz or rock music in an unrestrained style.
      ‘it took him maybe five choruses to warm up, but then he could really blow’
      • ‘In the second, he takes control early, with some quiet but sustained, high pitched blowing.’
      • ‘While they aren't short of improvisational talent, they're not a blowing band in the usual sense of the word.’
      • ‘He's got his trumpet with him and he's doing his thing, blowing smooth leads with an easy sense of cool that seems to come naturally.’
      • ‘But because of all this, the record companies got kinda afraid, and we weren't really allowed to blow.’
      • ‘You've got to be spontaneous, that's all I know, like jazz, just blow as long and as deep as you can.’
      • ‘Downtown Jewish jazz artists are coming out of the closet, blowing contemporary twists on klezmer riffs for enthusiastic audiences.’
      • ‘What has not escaped their attention amongst all the jazz blowing and beat sampling is the need for melody, musical hooks and the ability to make the essence of the tunes stick in the mind.’
      • ‘Hess's blowing opens confidently as he demonstrates his speedy technical mastery.’
      • ‘Can these guys actually play, or are they just making a bunch of groovy thump 'n' blow because that's all they can do?’
      • ‘It's a blowing session of free-ish jazz; sometimes funky, sometimes atmospheric, framed by sketchy themes and arrangements.’
    8. 2.8with object Force air through a tube into (molten glass) in order to create an artifact.
      • ‘When molten, glass may be blown up like a balloon, bent, moulded, stretched, and stuck onto other pieces of glass.’
      • ‘The jug in Plate XI is blown cristallo glass infused with fragmented bits of gold leaf and submerged random streaks of amethyst glass.’
      • ‘Leaving the rainbow-coloured wonderland of hand blown glass, I am one more happy customer in search of my own white rabbit.’
      • ‘She has been blowing glass for 35 years, becoming one of America's finest living artists.’
      • ‘Note 1: There is a glass factory in Provence where you can watch the workers blow the molten glass straight from the furnace.’
      • ‘In order to mold glass into a meaningful shape, the artisan must blow through a tube into molten glass.’
      • ‘In the year that followed, however, the sculpture was wrecked three times by vandals who smashed out its specially blown coloured glass light tubes.’
      • ‘It was the Romans who first utilized the technique of blowing glass on a widespread scale and they perfected other facets of glass technology to a high degree.’
      • ‘Then we had a go at making our own rather less exquisite glassware, blowing down long tubes into molten glass until we nearly passed out.’
      • ‘Glass is blown or molded into many shapes for decorative items, and for beverage glasses and other eating and serving dishes.’
      • ‘Much of these vegetal forms were cast in iron or blown into glass moulds on an industrial scale.’
    9. 2.9with object Remove the contents of (an egg) by forcing air through it.
      • ‘There are special kits and tools for blowing eggs that make the process easier and safer for children and adults alike.’
      • ‘Since I was a kid we used to blow eggs and then dye them.’
      • ‘I love to blow eggs with kids!’
      • ‘They blew eggs from the shells then filled the shells with custard.’
      • ‘We have been professionally blowing eggs for crafters for over 10 years.’
    10. 2.10 (of a whale) eject air and vapor through the blowhole.
      • ‘Biologists can hear blue whales blow at the surface from several miles away, often before they can see them.’
      • ‘A little further south, in Cunningham Islet, a pod of Beluga whales blow and laze on the surface of the sea.’
      • ‘I would leave early in the morning when the water was very calm in the lee of Maui, just go out look for whales surfacing and blowing.’
      • ‘We also witnessed humpback whales blowing and diving, breaching and slapping their fins and flukes.’
      • ‘If you are downwind when the whales blow, there is no mistaking the content of their gargantuan diet.’
      • ‘When they blow, their melon and beak tend to jut above the water surface.’
  • 3with object and adverbial of direction (of an explosion or explosive device) displace violently or send flying.

    ‘the blast had blown the windows out of the van’
    ‘the back of his head had been blown away’
    • ‘Gold-bearing rock is blown apart by high explosives and small groups of miners then move in to drill at the face.’
    • ‘The late-night explosion blew debris on to a busy avenue, collapsing floors and starting a fire that burned for two hours.’
    • ‘And it also has some really awesome sequences of robots getting blown apart by flying arrows.’
    • ‘After just a few minutes the hatch burst open in an explosion of yellow and orange light as the bombs blew the locking mechanisms to tiny pieces.’
    • ‘The outside door to the flats, two floors below the explosion, was blown off its hinges.’
    • ‘I was at the door onto the balcony and I heard a big explosion which blew me back into the room.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, the wall behind Sean was blown apart, sending him flying away.’
    • ‘The first time, it blew us apart violently, and Sasaki was injured further.’
    • ‘The blast from the bomb had blown out all the windows but my mother had pulled the covers over us.’
    • ‘The ensuing huge explosion blew the Hood apart and she sank in a matter of minutes.’
    • ‘I mean more than smashed; looks like an explosion blew it apart, but there's no scorch marks or any evidence of explosives.’
    • ‘He tells his audiences that the explosion blew him about 30 yards from where he was standing, and likens the impact to being hit by a truck.’
    • ‘The bomb blew a five metre-wide crater into the middle of the road, which police have cordoned off.’
    • ‘Fire engulfed the ships, and explosions from ammunition blew the ships apart.’
    • ‘Everyone assumed that the force of the explosion had blown their clothes off.’
    • ‘This section looked quite unlike the other three, and might have been blown apart by explosives to keep it below reef height.’
    • ‘A police spokesman confirmed that the woman's boot had been blown off by a firework and that she had suffered burns to her foot.’
    • ‘The explosion blew him back against a tree, but he was satisfied his plan had worked.’
    • ‘Earlier that day a flying bomb had blown out the windows and destroyed the roof of the school hall in London where he was due to sit them.’
    • ‘I'll have you know young man that I was barely able to get away before your infernal machine blew everything sky high.’
    1. 3.1no object (of a vehicle tire) burst suddenly while the vehicle is in motion.
      • ‘In fact it was the right rear tyre that blew at lap 83 just after turn 4.’
      • ‘Julia's dad was driving and suddenly one of the front tires blew.’
      • ‘Travelling into London on the elevated section of the M4, over the Chiswick Roundabout, a tyre blew.’
      • ‘The driver, 67, and his wife, 66, said a tyre had blown out only hours before Thursday's crash and been changed at a garage.’
      • ‘It is believed the car spun out of control when a tyre blew.’
      • ‘Only on Tuesday, in record temperatures, Mr Scott's journey almost came to an abrupt end when a road train over taking him on the highway suddenly blew a nearside rear tyre.’
      • ‘Then, suddenly his back tyre blows and he grinds to a halt.’
      • ‘The tyre blew at the end of the straight and that was the end of my race.’
      • ‘Twelve miles later, a tyre blew and the lorry careered off the road and into a tree.’
      • ‘I smelled burning rubber and realized I had hot brakes and possibly a blown tire.’
      • ‘Indeed, the tire had pretty much completely blown off the hubcap.’
      • ‘Suddenly the van started swerving, a tire blew, and my mom lost control.’
      • ‘He won at Rockingham and was leading the season finale the next week at Homestead until a tire blew and the wheel well caught fire on the last lap.’
      • ‘The only damage was the blown tire and one broken hydraulic line (from hitting the mud).’
      • ‘This results in a smashing encounter with a stranded SUV, its tires blown out by a barbed wire trap.’
      • ‘So I'm 12 miles from home, with no spare tubes, a blown tyre, and no way of fixing it.’
      • ‘On my way back from the airport on Sunday, wouldn't you know it - my tyre blew.’
      • ‘The driver, of Kennington Park, London, said he had managed to steer his car onto the hard shoulder when his tyre blew.’
      • ‘A puncture had suddenly worsened and blown, with the damaged tyre now in danger of lacerating the car.’
      • ‘Our back tire suddenly blew and we had to try and cut through about three lanes to get off the highway past cars and trucks.’
      burst, explode, blow, split, rupture, crack, break, fly open
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    2. 3.2 Burst or cause to burst due to pressure or overheating.
      no object ‘the engines sounded as if their exhausts had blown’
      with object ‘frost will have blown a compression joint’
      • ‘At 32000 miles my engine blew.’
      • ‘I crossed the road to Grand Central Station at 3pm, not 5pm, when the steam pipe blew.’
      • ‘If a $4 cylinder head gasket blows, it costs the customer $1,000 in engine repairs.’
      • ‘I get a call from Building management at around 6:30pm last night and they tell me that a pipe blew and my locker downstairs was being flooded.’
      • ‘My car engine blew after service who is at fault?’
      burst, explode, blow out, split, rupture, crack, break, fly open
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    3. 3.3 (of an electrical circuit) burn out or cause to burn out through overloading.
      no object ‘the fuse in the plug had blown’
      with object ‘the floodlights blew a fuse’
      • ‘Most of Simon Fraser University's main campus was thrown into darkness when a high voltage electric cable blew last Friday.’
      • ‘It looks like when the shield generator overloaded and blew, its capacitors dumped a massive amount of energy into the ship's main power bus.’
      • ‘The strike shorted all the electrics and blew all the fuses.’
      • ‘Many ideas, like one from the guy who wanted to use an electric fan to blow against a windmill and generate power, are well intentioned but downright silly.’
      • ‘I don't actually recommend doing this, because it may well be overloading the header and blowing one of those is a great way to ruin your afternoon and maybe your motherboard.’
      • ‘I called the electricity board but once the lights went out I knew the circuit had blown itself out and the area was safe.’
      • ‘About a year before I bought the car, it had blown out the same spark plug, and the damage had been repaired.’
      • ‘People are here to have fun and if the fun meter had been turned on during that week in Colorado, it would have blown a 1,000-amp fuse.’
      • ‘A shower of sparks and the sound of electrical circuits blowing was her only reward.’
      fuse, short-circuit, burn out, expire, break, go
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  • 4informal with object Spend recklessly.

    ‘they blew $100,000 in just eighteen months’
    • ‘I feel like I just blow my money and it means nothing.’
    • ‘It’s OK to spend some of it on yourself, but don’t blow it all on a boat or a trip that you really can’t afford.’
    • ‘I’ve always been the sensible one, the one who didn’t have to live on bread and water because I blew my paycheck on a pair of shoes.’
    • ‘I wonder how much funding was blown commissioning that research?’
    • ‘As I said in my Budget speech, normally these Governments get accused of blowing the Budget and spending.’
    • ‘Either way I've still got no reason to blow my cash on that overly expensive paper weight.’
    squander, waste, misspend, throw away, fritter away, spend freely, run through, go through, lose, lavish, dissipate
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  • 5informal with object Completely lose or miss (an opportunity)

    ‘the wider issues were to show that politicians had blown it’
    • ‘You'll feel like you're on a romantic first date and there's no way you're going to blow this one by exposing yourself as a cheapskate.’
    • ‘He blows another great scoring opportunity, with his touch and nerve deserting him as soon as the Milan goal hoves into view.’
    • ‘I spent the remainder of the night staring at the ceiling, trying to figure out how I could have blown such a perfect opportunity.’
    • ‘Our big opportunity had been blown by a bunch of tight-lipped, upright folks who wanted to mind their own business.’
    • ‘He and his club will get their opportunity to blow some more hot air in defence of the charges on March 24.’
    • ‘Please don't blow such a great opportunity for our region in the Lismore Herb Festival.’
    • ‘He had three blown saves in seven chances after blowing three in 42 opportunities last season.’
    spoil, ruin, bungle, make a mess of, mess up, fudge, muff
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    1. 5.1 Expose (a stratagem)
      ‘a man whose cover was blown’
      • ‘This year that cover has been blown with ill-disguised intent.’
      • ‘If she spoke one word out of turn, his cover would be blown, big time.’
      • ‘My cover would be completely blown if you did that.’
      • ‘You are told that your cover has been blown, that your family may be at risk.’
      • ‘If he stayed there too long, somebody would most definitely find him, then his cover would be blown and that would be that.’
      • ‘Doyle laughed nervously, now that his cover had been blown.’
      • ‘The more people believed the headmaster, the less likely his cover was to be blown.’
      • ‘His cover would be blown if he did something as foolish as that.’
      • ‘He admits there have been moments when his cover has almost been blown.’
      • ‘She breathed a sigh of relief, she had almost believed her cover had been blown, but then it didn't matter really at this point.’
      • ‘I reminded him while we exchanged numbers that he couldn't call me this weekend or my cover might be blown.’
      • ‘She'd bring attention to herself and his cover would be blown.’
      • ‘It also made it easier to make sure that their cover had not been blown.’
      • ‘But where are the media, now that her cover has been blown?’
      • ‘Basically the cover has been blown on them in front of a very important audience - international business decision makers.’
      • ‘Now that its cover has been blown, we are assured there was nothing sinister about it.’
      • ‘If a shot were fired, there cover would have been blown.’
      • ‘I wish I could write to them, but then my cover would surely be blown.’
      • ‘My heart clenched; neither myself or Aidan could be seen or our cover would be completely blown.’
      • ‘Ava knew her cover would be blown in a matter of days.’
      expose, reveal, uncover, disclose, divulge, unveil, betray, leak
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  • 6British informal with object Damn.

    ‘“Well, blow me,” he said, “I never knew that”’
    with clause ‘I'm blowed if I want to see him again’
    • ‘But just as you're about get down to work with the wooden club, blow me if you don't discover you're in the wrong house.’
    • ‘How the heck that can be consistent with a conservation ethic, I am blowed if I know.’
    • ‘Even so, there are several small garden chores that will need attention soon and I'm blowed if I can see how I'm going to manage them without some creative thinking.’
    • ‘And, blow me, why do we need a word for that anyway?’
    • ‘There is only one small problem, he'll be blowed if he can find it!’
    • ‘I'm sure there's an answer to this question, but I'll be blowed if I can work it out.’
    • ‘But I am blowed if I am going to pretend to be a man in a skirt.’
    • ‘That is important research, and I am blowed if I can see how that would be allowed.’
    • ‘I'm blowed if I'm going to fix their mistakes for them - life's too short.’
    • ‘‘I was blowed if I was going to faint in front of that lot,’ said Therese, whose sex made her something of a rarity in the men only world of food despite her outstanding curriculum vitae.’
    • ‘Well I'll be blowed if they haven't done it again with this piece in today's edition.’
    • ‘I'm sure with St. Kilda you think, ‘well, I've been going for years and I'm blowed if I'm going to stop now and they win the league that year’.’
    • ‘And blow me if I didn't find my saviour in perhaps the least original comic book movie there has ever been.’
    • ‘I've not unpacked, and I'm blowed if I'm doing that now.’
    • ‘And I'll be blowed if the blue-suited First Lady didn't look like she'd had the same makeup artist set loose on her.’
    • ‘When I got home I cleaned it up and blow me my first impressions were entirely wrong.’
    • ‘Ray and I went to pick them up at 1925 and blow me they hadn't taken one picture.’
    • ‘Apples be blowed - five flat whites a day and you'll keep the doctor away and if not, at least you'll be set up for the day.’
    • ‘Well blow me, you really bent the brain on that one.’
    • ‘But now I've been short listed again, and I'll be blowed if I change my tune this time around - twenty grand is much too tempting.’
  • 7vulgar slang with object Perform fellatio on (a man).

  • 8US informal no object Be extremely bad or unwelcome.

    ‘"This blows," she sighs, "I want it to be next week already"’
    • ‘Yea, the guitar solo is ok, kinda cool, but the rest of the song blows.’
    • ‘The audio is the original mono, and, well, it blows.’
    • ‘As Bart Simpson might say - it sucks and it blows.’
    • ‘The card you buy now will almost certainly be replaced as soon as you pull it off the shelves, and unless you have deep pockets, this really blows.’
    • ‘Yeah, the administration at this school blows.’
    • ‘She has a nice exterior personality, but her true self really blows.’
    • ‘As bad as most of the film is, the ending really blows.’
  • 9with object (of flies) lay eggs in or on something.

    ‘to repel the hordes of flies that would otherwise blow on the buffalo hide’
    • ‘Flies blew eggs right thru the treated bags and on the treated meat.’
    • ‘He then coats the eggs with mucus, swims up to his nest, and blows them into the mass of bubbles.’
    • ‘Speaking of fly blown sheep, here is a question for the new test.’
    • ‘The practice of mulesing involves the removal of a sheath of skin from around the breech of the sheep, to prevent the wet wool from becoming fly blown.’


  • 1in singular A strong wind.

    ‘we're in for a blow’
    • ‘She's coming along that road like a sexy tree in some warm, tropical wind, a blow of iris and orchids and sweet feet made soft in the salt-water of some sunny bay.’
    • ‘The wind started out as just a gentle breeze, but soon evolved into a strong blow.’
    • ‘It's still glorious here, but we know we're in for a blow.’
    • ‘The supercharger into real spring is a sustained blow of muggy Gulf wind.’
    • ‘Its weight massed in the crowns makes trees prone to toppling in a strong blow.’
    gale, storm, tempest, hurricane, blast, superstorm
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  • 2An act of blowing an instrument.

    ‘a number of blows on the whistle’
    • ‘An agitating game that left the hearts of many fans racing from the blow of the whistle was indeed the game of the day.’
    • ‘The coach screamed, followed by a blow of the whistle.’
    • ‘It was a very exciting game from the first blow of the whistle.’
    • ‘From the first blow of the whistle we were unsure as to who would take control of ball when McDonald put the first score on the board.’
    • ‘I heard shouting from the other end, then the blow of a whistle.’
    • ‘As the ball fell loose, who else but Darren was on hand to fire into the top corner from 15 yards, before bringing the game to an end with a blow of his whistle.’
    toot, blare, blast, sound, whistle, shriek
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    1. 2.1informal in singular A spell of playing jazz or rock music.
      • ‘The lead track is a pretty good tune for an introduction, but the blows don't connect.’
      • ‘One musician will then occupy the pivotal No 7 position with the other set for debut after some lusty blows last night and a mean spell of seamers.’
      • ‘target: not reached, specialist’
    2. 2.2in singular An act of blowing one's nose.
      ‘give your nose a good blow’
      • ‘Ferik's free hands flew into action, one grabbing his hair and wrenching his face back to hers, the other giving him a fearsome blow to his nose.’
      • ‘Put a few drops in each nostril and sniff gently, then give your nose a good blow to get rid of the mucus.’
      • ‘They say - they argue that a nose blow was an all-stop signal.’
      • ‘If you've been shooting, bullet casting, or otherwise exposed to airborne lead, after washing your hands, give your nose a good blow.’
      • ‘Go ahead and give your nose a blow or two.’
    3. 2.3 (in steelmaking) an act of sending an air or oxygen blast through molten metal in a converter.
      • ‘This definition does not include any additional, or secondary, oxygen blows made after the primary blow.’
      • ‘This definition does not include any additional or secondary oxygen blows made after the primary blow or the introduction of nitrogen or other inert gas through tuyeres in the bottom or bottom and sides of the vessel.’
      • ‘The majority of the emissions occur during the oxygen blow.’
      • ‘In the examples provided by the inventors, ore, having a particle size distribution as indicated in the tables of the patent, is supplied during the blows as a coolant.’
      • ‘As a result of instituting a high rate of charge of the entire furnace burden and high blowing intensity in the oxygen blow of the bath, furnace productivity increased 2.5 times in 1966’
  • 3informal Marijuana or cocaine.

    • ‘We hope that you don't mind that our producer was caught doing blow’
    • ‘I know its a bad reason to check you, but maybe they're afraid that you're doing something illegal, like buying blow or something with a credit card.’
    • ‘That’s when he begins selling blow to as many people as he can.’
    • ‘Why would you wanna do blow while watching a movie about a guy who's life is tragically ruined by selling blow?’
    • ‘The night wouldn't be complete without cocaine, and it became a great sport to see how clandestinely you could consume your blow.’


  • be blown off course

    • (of a project) be disrupted by some circumstance.

      • ‘Any building agenda must weather the storms of New York politics, where almost anything can be blown off course.’
      • ‘Not that we should apply any inverted snobbery to an issue that deserves to keep it's focus and not blown off course with arguments about class and status.’
      • ‘For it is the ease with which the administration is blown off course by the latest whiff of sleaze, misjudgment or scandal that is most dispiriting.’
      • ‘Everything should have been planned a year in advance right down to the celebration party afterwards so we didn't get blown off course.’
      • ‘Feeney's conversion attempt was blown off course.’
      • ‘Their nightmare is that their best-laid plans for the second term could now be blown off course by a Northumberland pig - fattener's dubious feeding practices.’
      • ‘The president's supporters, however, promote the image of him as a resolute leader who will not easily be blown off course, and contrast this with his supposedly flip-flopping opponent.’
      • ‘Many rulers begin with economy drives, but are blown off course.’
      • ‘And Mr Brown, bolstered by an increase in National Insurance Contributions, insisted his massive spending plans for schools and hospitals would not be blown off course in the meantime.’
      • ‘This country will not be blown off course by the actions of a handful of extremists or the machinations of outside powers.’
      • ‘Where that can be shown to be justified and accurate I can assure them that it will inform our actions but we will not easily be blown off course.’
      • ‘Eddington readily conceded that the company's assumptions may quickly be blown off course.’
      • ‘Sometimes heads can drop when that happens but the players proved their character and refused to be blown off course.’
      • ‘He has been blown off course enough times previously to realise that.’
      • ‘Some things cannot be spoken or discovered until we have been stuck, incapacitated, or blown off course for awhile. Plain sailing is pleasant, but you are not going to explore many unknown realms that way.’
      • ‘The conversion was blown off course and the Dalesmen clung onto a two-point lead.’
      • ‘He showed no obvious injury or illness so we can only assume he was disorientated or blown off course, as he was found in an area quite some distance from the nearest known Natterer's roost.’
      • ‘The ubiquitous low-cost carrier has seen its strategy blown off course in recent months and last week's results were as bad as feared and a further sign that it will take time for the airline to get back on course.’
      • ‘He had his ‘one thing I'd change answer’ all prepared and wasn't about to be blown off course by a questioner's constraints.’
      • ‘In a sport where high impact crashes or bikes being blown off course can be disastrous to riders, the elimination of wind and dust is so core to essential design elements as to wonder how it ever got to this?’
  • blow someone's brains out

    • informal Kill someone with a shot in the head with a firearm.

      • ‘I just think that someone might consider blowing his brains out for ironic humor's sake.’
      • ‘The film comes to St. Kilda where blowing someone's brains out looks rather more amusing than shocking.’
      • ‘Perhaps another solution is to ensure that the journalists don't get any funny ideas - by blowing their brains out.’
      • ‘I saw myself blowing Matthew 's brains out with a revolver.’
      • ‘In recent weeks, we've had people queueing up to kill themselves at rock concerts or risk blowing their brains out on live television, while the High Court has been awash with petitioners arguing for the right to die by their own hand.’
      • ‘The military are busy here as they are in all corners of the world upholding the conventions of war which allow them to blow someone's brains out with a sniper rifle at 100 yards but not with a pistol at one yard.’
      • ‘If you want to feel the urge to blow someone's brains out, try Marlene, and you know I'd try to help you out with anything.’
      • ‘But it's a fairly good critique of nihilism, though the whole ‘bullet bouncing of a back tooth’ thing to explain Jack not blowing his brains out was rather weak.’
      • ‘He wasn't the first nor will he be the last male who blows his brains out to go in utero.’
      • ‘‘Eddie was taking out the trash one day, and a guy wanted to blow his brains out right there,’ he said.’
      • ‘A popular, pleasant pilot told his crew periodically and over a long stretch of time that, one day, he would ‘blow his brains out.’’
      • ‘They go home, they sit in their room, they smoke cigarettes and they think about blowing their brains out.’
      • ‘It's nothing for me to blow someone's brains out, believe me.’
      • ‘But if that's the case, I'll have to blow the Spaniard 's brains out.’
      • ‘Wanting to ‘blow someone's brains out’ sounds like the words of someone who has the temperament of a mobster.’
      • ‘She was in need of medical attention, and they were giving it to her, in spite of the fact that only moments earlier she had been hellbent on blowing their brains out with a machine gun.’
      • ‘And of course it is the literal truth: after the sound of the shot with which she blows her brains out, Judge Brack ends the play with a puzzled ‘People don't do that sort of thing’.’
  • blow chunks

    • informal Vomit.

      • ‘The third guy said, "I went home and blew chunks."’
      • ‘Eddie Jones took a hit to the groin that was so powerful that he actually blew chunks.’
      • ‘I fear that I might blow chunks at any minute.’
      • ‘If you weren't blowing chunks or passing out, you weren't working hard enough.’
      • ‘We've all blown chunks in some dirty bathroom or bedroom or backseat.’
      • ‘I tried to eat a big plate of greasy pasta afterwards and blew chunks.’
      • ‘Chaz smiled weakly, looking every bit like he was about to blow chunks all over everybody.’
      • ‘David, if you blow chunks in my shop, I'm going to make you eat it, I swear.’
      • ‘I'm about ready to blow chunks when I stumble past a rack of Hurley clothing, and I lost it completely!’
      • ‘I remember seeing Waters ' old movie "Pink Flamingos" and thinking I would blow chunks.’
      be sick, spew, spew up, fetch up
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  • blow the doors off

    • informal Be considerably better or more successful than.

      ‘a package that blows the doors off anything on the market’
      • ‘Mine would blow the doors off of just about anything else out there, but I did spend over $3000.’
      • ‘This was Lee's second summer as an intern and ‘she blew the doors off of this,’ Stephan said.’
      • ‘Joe's book blows the doors off conventional thinking and offers a brilliant new yet accessible approach to community.’
      • ‘This past year's induction ceremony showcased 70 characters and blew the doors off last years numbers!’
      • ‘It blows the doors off of the machines at the low end, just blows the doors off of them.’
      • ‘Essentially, Bugatti made the decision to blow the doors off the supercar world by creating a 1,000-horsepower engine.’
      • ‘The best-selling author is blowing the doors off business as usual with hard truths and ideas that work.’
      • ‘While its performance blows the doors off the competition over any terrain, a cramped interior and clunky cabin tech bring it down.’
      • ‘Liberate people's thinking by introducing them to gutsy leaders who are blowing the doors off business as usual’
      • ‘When professionals entered the Olympics they blew the doors off the ‘amateurs’.’
      • ‘Lasers add new level of design detail, virtually blowing the doors off traditional steel rule die cutting.’
      • ‘In those days 8-tracks blew the doors off anything coming from a radio station, despite their infamous fadeouts when the tracks switched.’
      • ‘Then came these new bands and they blew the doors off the traditional format.’
      • ‘Power enough to blow the doors off of most living rooms and much more.’
      • ‘Like when punk rock reclaimed rock and roll, blowing the doors off the recording industry in the process.’
  • blow a fuse (or gasket)

    • informal Lose one's temper.

      • ‘We argued for ages, then suddenly, he blew a fuse.’
      • ‘If you want to see a customer really blow a gasket, try blowing a gasket job.’
      • ‘In a genuine, open attempt to discuss this with him, he blew a gasket.’
      • ‘He blew a gasket and acted like a donkey - no offense to donkeys - for no apparent reason.’
      • ‘In relation to her salary, he blew a fuse, defended his staff member, and told me he would not allow my opinion to impugn her.’
      become very angry, fly into a rage, explode, blow up, erupt, lose control, go berserk, breathe fire, begin to rant and rave, flare up, boil over
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  • blow hot and cold

    • Vacillate.

      • ‘This is one of many issues on which teacher unions blow hot and cold.’
      • ‘This is also the reason why his puppet Prime Minister blows hot and cold in the same breath.’
      • ‘He blows hot and cold, more cold than hot it must be said, and he let his side down on Sunday.’
      • ‘‘Strikers are more vulnerable to blowing hot and cold than players in any other position,’ acknowledges the manager.’
      • ‘So even when his talent was at last appreciated, he seemed certain to remain an erratic, blowing hot and cold.’
      • ‘Nutritional scientists are frequently accused of blowing hot and cold.’
      • ‘But shoppers seem to be blowing hot and cold when it come to taking to the town centre streets.’
      • ‘Lamb reflects: ‘We've a tendency to blow hot and cold.’’
      • ‘As black critics noted, ‘It is one thing at the south, and another at the north; it blows hot and cold; it sends forth bitter and sweet.’’
      • ‘He has got his own problems, blows hot and cold, steals her ideas, dumps her, sleeps with his employer.’
      • ‘But the point here is we cannot blow hot and cold on crime. It's either we stand up for law and order and justice, or we buckle under the crime wave.’
      • ‘Mellberg admitted: ‘I can't really explain why we blow hot and cold, and we do need to be more consistent if we want to secure a European place.’
      • ‘Damien can blow hot and cold at times but when he is on form, he can cause anyone problems.’
      • ‘In the process of courtship, the approach that would make you feel irresistible is moods-swing, blow hot and cold in love, vacillate.’
      • ‘Put simply, they blow hot and cold too much to be treated as serious title contenders.’
      • ‘The young apprentices are obviously going to blow hot and cold.’
      • ‘You blow hot and cold, and while you normally endeavor on the side of goodness and truth, you have a massive mean streak which is not to be taken lightly.’
      • ‘Was this the same player, Liverpool fans asked, who often blew hot and cold at Anfield?’
      • ‘Mark you, the Americans are blowing hot and cold.’
      • ‘Enough with the blowing hot and cold about extreme weather.’
      vacillate, keep changing one's mind, dither, shilly-shally, oscillate, waver, be indecisive, be irresolute, be undecided, be uncertain, be unsure, hesitate
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  • blow someone a kiss

    • Kiss the tips of one's fingers then blow across them toward someone as a gesture of affection.

      • ‘He'd get up 5: 00 in the morning and come home 10: 00 at night and still come in and give us a kiss and still, on the phone, he blows me a kiss.’
      • ‘Mrs. Forder blew Lizzie a kiss from the doorway, and clicked off the light.’
      • ‘Then she smiles, blows me a kiss, turns and walks off the stage.’
      • ‘Paret blew him a kiss as he walked back to his corner.’
      • ‘Toby glanced over to see men staring at them, one man noticing Toby looking towards him blew her a kiss.’
      • ‘I smiled and blew her a kiss as I headed towards the kitchen in search of something to satisfy my hunger.’
      • ‘She waves a wistful goodbye to him and blows him a kiss.’
      • ‘I then turned towards Mike's casket and blew him a kiss.’
      • ‘A man in a chair that holds his head in a brace, turns to me, lifts a hand and blows me a kiss.’
      • ‘She blows Pac a kiss, winks at me, and walks back in.’
      • ‘Kathy smiled out at him, playfully blowing him a kiss before she drove off towards home.’
      • ‘Freya blew him a kiss and icy air glittered towards him.’
      • ‘I shrugged, then just as Mothers car is pulling out into traffic, little girl waves and blows me a kiss, which made me smile.’
      • ‘Apparently it had gone well; she blew him a kiss.’
      • ‘Her fingers flickering in a wave, Fara smirked and blew him a kiss, then gestured for him to go, her wrists bent in a ‘shooing’ motion.’
      • ‘I walked into the building with him and as we rounded the corner towards his classroom, he waved good-bye and blew me a kiss.’
      • ‘But she just blows them a kiss and licks the froth from the mouth of the bottle.’
      • ‘Kris lifted a spirit finger, blowing Mikey a kiss before waving as Lena turned in the opposite direction.’
      • ‘She blew me a kiss goodnight tonight, and she enjoys my weirdo stories.’
      • ‘‘You know,’ he says with a smile as he turns his head back at me and suddenly blows me a kiss that throws my irritation in the garbage with the homework I had been doing.’
  • blow someone's mind

    • informal Affect someone very strongly.

      • ‘Though many poly people obviously have interests outside of their sexual lifestyle, I have yet to see them manifest in the kind of variety that blows my mind.’
      • ‘Yeah, I mean it kind of blows your mind sometimes.’
      • ‘Just thinking about it completely blows my mind, and many other people I know feel the same way.’
      • ‘Piercing through a layer of virginal white snow, these exhibitionists look staggering, but if you really want to blow your mind, plant them close to water, where their effect will be heightened by reflection.’
      • ‘You turn around and look at Loch Tay spread out below running left to right with the tiny boats leaving faint lines behind them like fingers tracing a line on a frosty window and it blows your mind.’
      • ‘Quite a book… it blows my mind to think that he was writing this in the eighties, before the concept of digital anything was especially widespread.’
      • ‘And it blows my mind how articulate I was back then.’
      • ‘Intellect makes you feel safe, intuition blows your mind.’
      • ‘To even think that I was perceived in that genre blows my mind.’
      • ‘You blow your mind, lose your mind, let yourself go - the very word ecstasy in Greek is to stand outside yourself.’
      • ‘‘I'm, like, the big sex expert, which totally blows my mind,’ she says.’
      • ‘It just blows my mind that people have suggested that he is gay.’
      • ‘Why they continue to get quoted as independent observers blows my mind.’
      • ‘Everyone's loving it, which, once again, blows my mind.’
      • ‘This one always blows my mind - the exhibitions change monthly and they are always fresh and exciting.’
      • ‘You know, even looking at that clip now, it really blows my mind, because I had no words to say.’
      • ‘It's an amazing part of the culture that just blows my mind, on a regular basis.’
      • ‘It blows my mind that they can put their children into that kind of situation.’
      • ‘It blows my mind just to think he's seen something I wrote, never mind loved it.’
      • ‘Each episode blows my mind, and is what I hoped I would one day accomplish with limited animation, but know now I probably wouldn't.’
      impress, overwhelm, bedazzle, strike, move, stir, affect, touch, sweep someone off their feet, awe, overawe, leave speechless, take someone's breath away, spellbind, hypnotize, fascinate, take aback, daze, stagger, floor, amaze, astonish
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  • blow one's nose

    • Clear one's nose of mucus by blowing through it into a handkerchief.

      • ‘‘You have such a wonderful reading voice, Drusilla,’ mother remarked before taking out a handkerchief and blowing her nose.’
      • ‘Arnold sniffed again, taking the offered handkerchief and blowing his nose.’
      • ‘She sniffled and then blew her nose on a handkerchief she produced from a pocket.’
      • ‘I plunged into the water and smacked my nose on a rock, then water rushed into my nose, and I quickly got back up coughing and blowing my nose frantically.’
      • ‘People shouldn't violently squeeze or blow their nose to clear that congested feeling you get on planes - that leads to broken capillaries under the eyes.’
      • ‘He was suffering from a heavy cold which caused him to sniffle, blow his nose, cough and clear his throat throughout his 135-minute performance.’
      • ‘‘It is merely a cold,’ Ian pronounced, taking out a handkerchief and blowing his nose into it.’
      • ‘Finally, he took his hand from his eyes and wiped his face with his napkin; then he took his big white handkerchief from his pocket and blew his nose.’
      • ‘My favorite part of a sinus infection, you know, aside from it going away, is when I can blow my nose and clear a sinus or two.’
      • ‘Keep your nasal passages clear by gently blowing your nose, one nostril at a time.’
      • ‘I sniffle to a halt, and blow my nose messily on the handkerchief in my pocket, and fold it back in, dismal.’
      • ‘My nose had started running again, so I was armed with several handkerchiefs and blowing my nose profusely as we entered the dining room.’
      • ‘As late as the 1700s in certain parts of Europe, people of low birth were not allowed to blow their nose on handkerchiefs.’
      • ‘Pockets blew his nose on a handkerchief he produced from his coveralls, and then rubbed his eyes with his other hand.’
      • ‘My nose had begun to run and I was constantly blowing my nose and covering my face full of make-up.’
      • ‘Before using this medicine, clear the nasal passages by blowing your nose.’
      • ‘Adam handed her his handkerchief and she blew her nose.’
      • ‘I blew my nose in a napkin and blew my nose again on his handkerchief.’
      • ‘Marabella loudly blew her nose into a handkerchief.’
      • ‘Such is the price to pay for having stuck a hunk of metal in my nose that makes it near impossible and very painful to blow my nose.’
  • blow something to bits (or pieces or smithereens)

    • Use bombs or other explosives to destroy something, typically a building, completely.

      • ‘Then the bomb exploded and they were blown to bits.’
      • ‘Could they launch a big bomb to the asteroid and blow it to pieces?’
      • ‘On July 16, 1992, the dome was blown to pieces, catapulting 12-foot boulders throughout the amphitheater and sending a column of ash 3.5 miles into the air.’
      • ‘Three and a half pounds is enough, for example, to blow your home to bits under the right conditions.’
      • ‘The conversation was briefly interrupted while the kids watched as a gang of rampaging chaos armed with hammers and explosives attack the slots, blowing the machines to bits and stuffing the coins into impractically-large cloth bags.’
      • ‘‘Everything that he had believed until that moment was blown to bits,’ said Lanzillotto.’
      • ‘I was there when it happened; his entire base was blown to bits and he went along with it.’
      • ‘It is a reminder that poetry can work which ever way you like, either by adhering fanatically and formally to the rules or blowing them to smithereens.’
      • ‘I don't think that anyone seriously fears that the world can be blown to pieces all together.’
      • ‘But who is responsible for blowing that unity to smithereens?’
      • ‘Frederick and his men then come on to the farm and blow the windmill to pieces with explosives, although the animals manage to drive them off the farm again after a bloody battle.’
      • ‘Let's just buy bombs and blow them to smithereens!’
      • ‘No one wants to live in a society where innocent people are blown to bits in a tunnel.’
      • ‘Better results could be obtained by clamping them to the mouths of cannon, and blowing them to pieces.’
      • ‘Sure, it's set in the future, but the depth of gameplay is far more than just blowing things to pieces.’
      • ‘The blast was so powerful it blew them to pieces.’
      • ‘They have been used to damage a car last week and in another incident a phone box was blown to pieces.’
      • ‘The mine exploded, the fishing boat was blown to pieces and they were killed.’
      • ‘The one he pinned was instantly killed as the blast blew it to pieces.’
      • ‘She got up from the control panel and rushed away as fast as she could in the heels - although the base's controls weren't fitted with self-destruct, she had a trusty time bomb - in three minutes the bottom floor would be blown to smithereens.’
  • blow one's lid (or top or stack)

    • informal Lose one's temper.

      • ‘You'd think he would've blown his lid when he realized the chef was downstairs.’
      • ‘Thomas didn't help when he blew his lid with seven-tenths of a second left in the third quarter.’
      • ‘Some people are just complainers... she's the type to blow her lid if her husband leaves the toilet seat up.’
      • ‘‘I've seen him be patient with things where he would normally blow his lid.’’
      • ‘I thought my dad was going to blow his lid when the guy came around with the crumb collector.’
      lose one's temper, become angry, get angry, become enraged, become furious, go into a fury, go into a rage, rant and rave, go berserk, flare up, blow up, erupt, rage, blow one's cool, lose one's cool
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  • blow one's cool

    • informal Fail to stay calm or composed.

      ‘blowing your cool occasionally doesn't make you a bad person’
  • blow up in one's face

    • (of an action, project, or situation) go drastically wrong with damaging effects to oneself.

      • ‘Last time, you followed all the rules and the situation still blew up in your face.’
      • ‘If you try to apply this to unknown or little-known customers, though, it can blow up in your face.’
      • ‘It's useful stuff if you know how to use it, but if you don't, it has a habit of blowing up in your face.’
      • ‘I have written a hundred articles proclaiming my faith in the Project, while the cynics said it would all blow up in my face.’
      • ‘You never know if any of it's gonna blow up in your face.’
      • ‘You got so tired of nearly every risk-taking venture blowing up in your face that you've pretty much stopped attempting anything the least bit chancy.’
      • ‘I thought it would be just a little weekend project, but it blew up in my face, and I still haven't finished!’
      • ‘But if you don't do basic research it can blow up in your face.’
      • ‘Even if you tried to get something done properly, it seemed to blow up in your face and then gently mock you for not being able to finish the simplest of things.’
      • ‘Our troops have been placed in an impossible situation by a blundering leadership that laughed off the warning signs and friendly advice for a year until the situation blew up in their face.’
      • ‘The wrong attack, at the wrong time, can easily blow up in your face.’
      • ‘Eventually Dana's situation was going to blow up in her face whether Caysee said anything or not.’
      • ‘Smear your critics, and when that blows up in your face, throw rationality overboard and smear them some more.’
      • ‘But if the secret itself is a massive publicity stunt, well then the whole thing just blows up in your face.’
      • ‘They cried and had to face the hard truth that with believing in anything comes the risk of watching it all blow up in your face.’
      • ‘I know I shouldn't act on anything; it could mean I am prevented from visiting that gym again if it all blows up in my face.’
      • ‘We have always been one bad result away from it blowing up in our face.’
      • ‘She was clearly upset, and Krist attempted to rectify the damage before it blew up in his face.’
      • ‘Maybe it only blows up in your face if you mock your opponents deformities.’
      • ‘Or do I throw whatever my initial reaction is and risk looking like an idiot when it all blows up in my face?’
  • blow with the wind

    • Be incapable of maintaining a consistent course of action.

      • ‘So far, all we're hearing is that the politician would blow with the wind, changing his mind depending on who he thinks is listening.’
      • ‘They blow with the wind until the Day of Judgment, right?’
      • ‘Well, he seems to blow with the wind, willing to do just about anything to keep his paws on the purse strings, and is as crooked as an S-hook.’
      • ‘Apart from those politicians blowing with the wind, I'd hypothesise that law and order campaigners are more inclined to be fearful and prefer to lock people up.’
      • ‘Those who still argue that the politician blows with the wind, are deeply, profoundly wrong.’
      • ‘So it's really - we're just blowing with the wind.’
      • ‘‘He's not one of those people who blows with the wind,’ he says.’
      • ‘It's the weak, blow with the wind creeps who can't hack power.’
  • be blown out of the water

    • (of a person, idea, or project) be shown to lack all credibility.

      • ‘It has to be pointed out, however, that at the start of the season most pundits believed that they would be both blown out of the water and sunk without trace.’
      • ‘But over the past five years, the science of finance has been blown out of the water.’
      • ‘And any hopes of keeping his stash of lollipops a secret were soon blown out of the water soon after arriving for his first stint last weekend.’
      • ‘But the hopes of an orderly transition appear to have been blown out of the water by high-level feuding over not only the top job, but the future ownership of the company.’
      • ‘‘This is a myth that needs to be blown out of the water,’ Mr Bruton said.’
      • ‘This is the one that looks like it's going to be blown out of the water.’
      • ‘Opponents said the whole idea of regional government had been blown out of the water by the vote.’
      • ‘Our operation could be blown out of the water if the cops start investigating this man's story!’
      • ‘Those aspirations were blown out of the water in O'Moore Park on Saturday.’
      • ‘I have since been informed that the methodology of weighting the party ID has been called into question and I greatly look forward to seeing those polls blown out of the water in the next few days.’
      • ‘This attitude of doctor knows best has been blown out of the water because we have discovered they didn't know best.’
      • ‘I want my world rocked and my cosy assumptions blown out of the water.’
      • ‘This is a proposal that's going to get blown out of the water.’
      • ‘If they come back with the same treaty they will be blown out of the water.’
      • ‘The arguments for invasion tabled at the time have been blown out of the water.’
      • ‘But, alas, their hopes of rescue were blown out of the water when the Others turned up to abduct Walt and sink their escape craft.’
      • ‘It's more, much more than the realisation that your smoke and mirrors are about to be blown out of the water.’
      • ‘But any ideas of City running away with the game were soon blown out of the water as the wind became even stronger.’
      • ‘The creeps are going to be blown out of the water.’
      • ‘But this was blown out of the water by a TV documentary two weeks ago.’
  • blow the lid off

  • blow me down

    • An exclamation of surprise.

      • ‘So the official story was supposed to be: ‘Well blow me down, here are all these books!’’
      • ‘But the x-ray pictures he took are now back from Boots - and blow me down, he was right.’
      • ‘When we started doing our genre-specific titles, well blow me down, the major magazine publishers were in there battling to take it on.’
      • ‘Some of the new 118 services are - blow me down - better at it than others.’
      • ‘I braked and was about to move over to the left to pass him when blow me down if the Chico didn't pass me on the left and zoom ahead up the hill.’
      • ‘Then, blow me down, the agent rang again with another keen buyer, to view in the late afternoon.’
      • ‘And blow me down, but the media are swallowing it.’
      • ‘Well, blow me down: Spinach is not only good for you, but one day might be good for the environment, too - in the form of batteries.’
      • ‘I just thought this was a gesture to help this poor soul and blow me down, he reports me to the police.’
      • ‘Andrew was persuaded by the others to do so and blow me down if he didn't go and vote in the local and European elections this month.’
      • ‘And, blow me down, if there aren't reminders among the pictures of previous flooding disasters that have struck Ryedale in the past, along with remarkable scenes of huge snow drifts from savage winter blizzards.’
      • ‘Lyn goes to pour them a nightcap, and blow me down if she doesn't pull out one of those god awful, kitsch, cut crystal decanter thingies.’
      • ‘You know, the headlines ‘fifty-eight-year-old mother of four’, and I thought, Well blow me down, I need that like I need a hole in the head.’
      • ‘Well blow me down, says Daniel, I've barely worked the gel into a suitable consistency and suddenly all these car horns start honking in the streets.’
      • ‘There are millions of people who believe that tyrants should always be handled with the delicate tongs of democracy - well, blow me down.’
      • ‘Well, blow me down; yes, it has to go back on again.’
      • ‘But blow me down, there she was with these long tapering high heels.’
      • ‘And I looked towards the rock and blow me down if I couldn't actually see black streaks on the surface of the rock, so I went closer.’
      • ‘And, blow me down, a mouse suddenly scampered across the kitchen floor and ran up my bell-bottomed harem pants.’
      • ‘Well blow me down if I don't give you an Academy award on the spot for your breathtaking talent and originality.’
  • blow something out of proportion

    • Exaggerate the importance of something.

      • ‘So the whole situation has been blown out of proportion, and I feel guilty at having involved my son, who has problems of his own and says he will not apologise.’
      • ‘Anything that people are going to want to read they blow up.’
      • ‘We accept that there is a possibility of risk involved in passive smoking, but that it has been blown out of all proportion.’
      • ‘I hate how the media blows up everything to create a story.’
      • ‘But, the media does have a tendency to look at sales as much (perhaps more) than they look at truth, and so the media has a tendency to blow up the negative side of the athlete and lay low on the positive side.’
      • ‘As far a statistics go, I agree and think the media blows up the "internet predator" story to make it seem every other person on the internet is a “bad guy”.’
      • ‘In the trenches, among men facing death minute by minute, chance incidents were blown up and acquired a magical dimension.’
      • ‘It would have been easy to overstate these contexts and blow them up disproportionately, but the film just drops hints and reminders here and there to keep the focus on his own mind.’
      • ‘He has told friends that his comments had been blown out of proportion and that he was not talking specifically about British values but about all nations that valued the rule of law and democracy.’
      • ‘She insists the spat has been blown out of proportion: ‘However it comes off, I believe that everyone is as grateful to be on the show as I am.’’
      • ‘A couple of incidents were blown out of all proportion.’
      • ‘Pat's comments have been blown out of proportion.’
      • ‘Unfortunately the house was still there in December which is why we had to consider enforcement action and why the story has been blown out of proportion.’
      • ‘But arriving back home yesterday, after an eight-hour coach journey, the Celtic fans criticised the airline and claimed yesterday's events had been blown out of proportion.’
      • ‘After all, ‘I'd rather play at the Millennium Stadium’ is not open to too many interpretations, but he does say that the whole episode was blown out of all proportion.’
      • ‘In hindsight, perhaps it was blown out of proportion: it's really no more than an expression of her belief in affirmative action as a way of righting the injustices of the past.’
      • ‘This is another glowing example of the media blowing things out of all proportion on a slow news day.’
      • ‘He keeps himself in good shape, he loves his football, and all the other stuff has been blown out of proportion.’
      • ‘That meeting has been blown out of all proportion.’
      • ‘I think these incidences are incredibly rare and they have been blown out of proportion and we need to take a measured view.’
      exaggerate, overstate, overemphasize, hyperbolize, overstress, overestimate, magnify, amplify
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Phrasal Verbs

  • blow someone away

    • 1Kill someone using a firearm.

      • ‘I grew up on the streets of Pittsburgh and I learned to treat everybody with respect because if not, one day that might be the guy who draws a gun on you and blows you away.’
      • ‘Ohhhhh, how I would love to blow you away right now with my plasma ray gun,’
      • ‘Two weeks after Gary had thumped me, his ten-year-old brother blew him away with a pump action shot gun, which his dad kept locked in the boot of an old BMW in his garage.’
      • ‘Yet, I still want to get even, to go back there and blow them away, Smoke 'em, do a number on them, get that supervisor's supervisor in hot water with her superiors.’
      • ‘I know that you have guns I would be interested in, and if you don't just shut your mouth and show them to me, I'll just blow you away right here and take every gun you have!’
      murder, cause the death of, end the life of, take the life of, do away with, make away with, assassinate, do to death, eliminate, terminate, dispatch, finish off, put to death, execute
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    • 2Be extremely impressed.

      ‘I'm blown away by his new poem’
      • ‘And the animation, which combines impressionistic images with remarkable three-dimensionality will blow you away.’
      • ‘Just then you are blown away by the outstanding achievements in certain segments of technology and business unparalleled anywhere in the world.’
      • ‘But if I ever harboured doubts about why I stayed with the project for this long, then they were blown away completely by the sublime moment last Wednesday.’
      • ‘He's not going to blow you away - he throws about 89 to 91 mph - but this kid has a tremendous slider and a great breaking ball.’
      • ‘And the couple admit they have been blown away by its success.’
      • ‘The entire show was in Spanish and the anchor on the show would introduce the next caption with such excitement you knew you would be blown away.’
      • ‘My overall impression was positive, though I was not blown away.’
      • ‘‘It blew them away,’ said Brown of her guests' impressions of the trip.’
      • ‘Ellis threw down some stuff the other day and it just blew me away.’
      • ‘If that was a surprise for Abe, he was blown away with what happened next.’
      • ‘While we weren't terribly impressed with the overclockability of the card, the performance blew us away.’
      • ‘‘I want something that blows me away, something that surprises me, something that brings me to tears or sings so beautifully I want to read it over again and again,’ he says.’
      • ‘I stood up in the crowd and explained what we were portraying and the reason behind the use of color and lines and they were blown away at that point.’
      • ‘Maybe I'll be surprised, maybe they'll just blow me away with something I never expected, who knows?’
      • ‘‘Boy, you keep blowing me away with your surprises the more time I spend with you,’ he muttered.’
      • ‘We have heard nothing but praise for the restaurant from others, and we were blown away by the quality of service and atmosphere, the friendliness of the staff as well as the standard of the food - all outstanding.’
      • ‘Everywhere I looked I saw another person from another corner of the world throwing down another trick that blew me away.’
      • ‘It's no surprise that they absolutely blew me away at the Bowery.’
      • ‘I've heard of dumb questions but one teacher expressing astonishment at my use of Yen blew me away.’
      • ‘And she talks about how Jake is just so cute and how she was blown away by Jennifer's performance in the film.’
      impress, overwhelm, bedazzle, strike, move, stir, affect, touch, sweep someone off their feet, awe, overawe, leave speechless, take someone's breath away, spellbind, hypnotize, fascinate, take aback, daze, stagger, floor, amaze, astonish
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  • blow in

    • (of a person) arrive casually and unannounced.

      • ‘While he can't quite put a finger on it, he definitely knows things have changed since she blew in.’
      • ‘Then her father blows in, in the shape of a wizardish and craggy Jones, and we quickly realise her hatred of him at abandoning his family to follow the native way while she was still a child as she promptly rejects his offer to make amends.’
      • ‘Then you have some people blow in when the leaves are turning and for Christmas.’
      • ‘She blew in one summer day in 1993 and has become a fond fixture here.’
      • ‘I blow in when I can from my home 400 miles away, thankful for every chance to share the wonder and mystery and blessing of these last days.’
  • blow off

    • Lose one's temper and shout.

      • ‘Did you blow off?’
      • ‘Women have strong ones and men blow-off far more often… it’s a biological fact.’
  • blow someone off

    • 1Fail to keep an appointment with someone.

      • ‘What in hindsight should have tipped me off was that she was totally okay with me blowing her off to go watch rugby with my friends - okay, I lie; to go play video games by myself for six hours - and everyone knows that normal girls do not act like that.’
      • ‘Would you put up with a pal who doesn't call when she says she will or constantly blows you off?’
      • ‘She's been my best friend for years and all of sudden (ok not all of a sudden) she's blowing me off and ignoring me.’
      • ‘‘He is probably with Stacy and blew us off for her’ I said.’
      • ‘I'm sorry for blowing you off lately, I'll make it up to you, what are you doing tonight?’
      • ‘Just keep in mind I might blow you off for weeks till I get around to it…’
      • ‘I was hoping to meet a friend for a drink afterwards, but the various people I had in the frame for the role of ‘friend’ decided to blow me off (in the American rather than English use of the phrase).’
      • ‘Then again, when I was in bankruptcy practice, we used to pester the lending and corporate attorneys to take us to meet their clients for whom they were closing deals and they always blew us off.’
      • ‘That Thursday evening, she consented to meet me again for dinner, giving me the distinct impression that she knew my time in town was limited, and that in the long run, consenting might be less a hassle than continuing to blow me off.’
      • ‘Hattie blows me off by blathering on and on, ‘You know what I'll be missing, right?’’
      • ‘In fact once I actually begged her to help me when I thought he was just going to show up at one of my Yoga classes and she blew me off - I desperately have needed someone else to talk to him for me - why?’
      • ‘My friend from LA blew me off, so I just decided to go and get drunk somewhere and then sleep in my car.’
      1. 1.1End a romantic or sexual relationship with someone.
        • ‘I was concerned that maybe something happened so I tried getting in touch with her, till I realized I had been blown off.’
        • ‘Even if he had, I wouldn't have noticed; I left straight away, though not without feeling a bit guilty for blowing him off.’
        • ‘Luke: ‘This was just the other day that she blew me off.’’
        • ‘Dunn went out with a girl named Ellie for a little while, but then he finally confessed that he loved Madeline, who blew him off.’
        • ‘What if one of them is her soulmate and she just blows him off and loses him forever?’
        • ‘Before you run away and blow me off, can you please just hear me out?’
        • ‘For a moment it looked like he was considering blowing her off, but then he said, ‘Bien.’’
        • ‘I highly recommend not trying it, but if your ex boyfriend blows you off, it's a good replacement.’
        • ‘‘You blow us off and then you want to talk about a relationship,’ says Will.’
        • ‘To his surprise, instead of laughing or blowing him off, she hesitated.’
        • ‘How could I possibly be upset - it's not like he blew me off to go out with some other girl - his grandmother is in the hospital, I'd have to say that's a fairly valid excuse as far as excuses go.’
        • ‘I just blew her off and the relationship continued for another year and a half.’
        • ‘He knew she was just blowing him off - too bad for him he'd fallen for that sort of girl, but her words cut him deep all the same.’
  • blow something off

    • 1Ignore or make light of something.

      • ‘But blowing off the concerns of troops in harm's way by noting that even fully armored vehicles sometimes blow up should be another matter.’
      • ‘He sometimes blows off community groups, things like that.’
      • ‘If you start blowing off your bud just because of her new social circle, then you are the one who is betraying the friendship.’
      • ‘And when a married woman blows off her commitments to her husband and her children in favor of an affair with a married man, who is to blame?’
      • ‘Unsurprisingly, he blows off his friend's demand for payment.’
      • ‘We see Dewey rolling his bandmates' eyes by taking over-the-top guitar solos, we see him getting dumped from his band for sucking, and we see him blowing off the thousands of dollars he owes his roommate.’
      • ‘Besides being arrogant and stupid, there has to be political support to keep blowing off complaints about something so basic.’
      1. 1.1Fail to attend something.
        ‘Ivy blew off class’
        • ‘Nina's new guy is way more enticing than 9 a.m. calculus... but can she blow off class again?’
        • ‘And so, while ‘treating the vote as a duty’ may, in some people's eyes, ‘makes us less likely to see it for the precious right that it is,’ so does blowing it off for a hairdressing appointment or getting to the pub a few minutes earlier.’
        • ‘I just wanted to let you know that I did not just blow off the meeting on the 9th.’
        • ‘We don't blow off class to cover a meeting or to write a story.’
        • ‘But first, I must prepare that last class, for the good students who did not blow it off and leave early.’
  • blow out

    • 1Be extinguished by an air current.

      ‘the candles blew out’
      • ‘She has Henry's arms around her at night, but still there is the blowing out of the candle and the sense of failure that darkness evokes in her.’
      • ‘Suddenly, all but one of the torches blew out, and the laughing increased.’
      • ‘A sudden gust of wind came in through the open window and blew out the flames.’
      • ‘The candle suddenly blew out from an unfelt draft, throwing him into darkness.’
      • ‘‘Nirvana’ literally means ‘quenching’ or ‘blowing out’, in the way that the flame of a candle is blown out.’
      • ‘The candle blew out long before the legendary wind.’
      be extinguished, go out, be put out, be doused, be quenched, stop burning, fade, die out
      extinguish, put out, snuff, douse, quench, smother, stifle, dampen down, choke
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    • 2(of a tire) puncture while the vehicle is in motion.

      • ‘The tourists, all thought to be elderly, were near the ancient city of Petra when their coach had a tyre blow out and hit a pick-up truck before somersaulting into the air.’
      • ‘At the time of the collision a tyre blew out and the defendant didn't realise he had struck the other car due to the amount of alcohol he had consumed.’
      • ‘Then the tube in my front tire blew out and we stopped to replace it.’
      • ‘When a tire on his truck blows out, someone finds him a new one.’
      • ‘But on the last trip US sharpshooters blew out the vehicle's tires.’
      • ‘It could have been mechanical failure, a tyre blow out or a deer in the road.’
      • ‘For example, what would I do if I had a front tyre blow out at 100 mph?’
      • ‘A tyre blew out while he was driving his Lotus home from a Dalkeith rugby match against North Berwick.’
      • ‘He failed to see a broken, jagged edged bottle in the road and ran over it, blowing out his left front tire.’
      • ‘Aziz takes off quickly on his bicycle, which has no brakes or lights, and blows out one of his tires.’
      • ‘Before he could get a shot off, Rae drew his own handgun and blew out the front tire.’
      • ‘Last time, torrential rainstorms from Boston to DC; this time, a tire blew out on their trailer.’
      • ‘Maybe the writing was on the wall from the start, when the team were stranded on the Motorway for nearly two hours when one of the buses rear tyres blew out.’
      • ‘Well, the arteries are only designed to withstand certain pressures before there can be a blow-out, just like your car's tyres blowing out.’
      • ‘But motoring experts reacted sceptically to his suggestion that the desert heat may have caused the tyre to blow out with tragic consequences.’
      • ‘On the way home my left rear tyre blows out, while I'm on the phone to another customer.’
      • ‘The force helicopter was also called in to keep track of the man, and at one stage officers considered using ‘stingers’ to blow out the truck's tyres and bring the vehicle to a standstill.’
      • ‘The result was that the object penetrated through the right front tyre, causing an immediate blow out.’
      • ‘It landed behind the truck and exploded, blowing out the back tires and part of the canvas ripped, catching on fire.’
      • ‘I was entering the left hander, thinking about stopping to see what the trouble was, when the rear tyre blew out, coming off the bead entirely.’
      burst, explode, blow, split, rupture, crack, break, fly open
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    • 3(of an oil or gas well) emit gas suddenly and forcefully.

      • ‘There are a variety of methods for controlling a well blow out and extinguishing a well fire.’
      • ‘During drilling operation, accidental well blow out can result in the damage and the pollution of the environment.’
      • ‘Soon afterwards, he was doing maintenance work on an oilrig in Smackover, Arkansas, when the well blew out.’
      • ‘A well blow out released toxic fumes that have killed nearly 200 people.’
      • ‘The island was seriously impacted by Hurricane Andrew, after the oil blow out restoration plans included creating marshes near the breaks in the island to stabilize the island.’
    • 4(of a storm) finally lose its force.

      ‘weathermen said this storm should blow itself out today’
      figurative ‘the recession may finally have blown itself out’
      • ‘One of the staff members had told him that the storm would more than likely blow itself out sometime that day.’
      • ‘Fishermen were lucky to have their boats tied up in safe moorings while the storm blew itself out.’
      • ‘The storm blew itself out in the small hours, woke up for a grumble or two a little after first light, and has stayed quiet for the most part since.’
      • ‘A carpet of gold and silver appeared two generations later, at the end of November of 1703, when the greatest storm in recorded history blew itself out after two days of destruction.’
      • ‘Typhoon Imbudo, one of the most powerful typhoons to hit China in years, began to blow itself out yesterday after tearing through southern China, killing at least 20 people.’
      • ‘Instead, he found himself in the eye of a storm that shows no sign of blowing itself out.’
      • ‘Hopefully this hurricane will blow itself out before he releases his next set.’
      • ‘Other centres were affected, including good old Liverpool in 1832, and the epidemic blew itself out in 1838.’
      • ‘The gale blew itself out around dawn on April 18 th.’
      • ‘It blows up out of nowhere, rages like crazy, then blows itself out before another version of the same hurricane comes along to fire up the whole thing once more.’
      • ‘In OCTOBER, as Florida's hurricane season blew itself out, a 34-year-old Lebanese-born, British hedge-fund manager, sent a team of credit analysts to Boca Raton.’
      • ‘It was three days before the storm blew itself out.’
      • ‘It blew itself out eventually, but not before it forced his government into a U-turn on fuel duty.’
      • ‘But, whatever the reason, there we would be, hove to and anchored, waiting for the fog to lift or the strikers to call it off or the gale to blow itself out before the ship dragged its anchor.’
      • ‘Clemenceau let the movement blow itself out, believing that it was not a serious threat.’
      • ‘The smouldering passion that ignites the central love triangle, with it's heated arguments and graphic lovemaking, burns brightly for a brief moment and then blows itself out.’
      • ‘The whirlwind would blow itself out; James would die and Mary succeed him; they would take their revenge.’
      • ‘After midnight the storm finally blew itself out, and the lightless convoy moved out.’
      • ‘And with Isabelle blowing itself out over the east coast, the weather here should be getting a little warmer and sunnier too.’
      • ‘Amazing how quickly it blew itself out, but I guess longevity wasn't the point.’
  • blow someone out

    • Defeat someone convincingly.

      • ‘Bring it close enough to evaluate, but not to blow you out.’
      • ‘In short, he was blowing me out so with just over an hour to go I had a quick whip round through my phone book to see if I could give the ticket to anyone else.’
      • ‘‘When we get to the seventh or eighth and we're blowing someone out and I'm not pitching I hate it,’ he told a reporter.’
      • ‘Adrian's a bit like a coffee - dark and silky smooth, but his patter fails and Alison blows him out.’
      • ‘‘If you can't cut it within a few months of starting, Stevie will blow you out like that,’ says a former trader, who says he was fired for losing a substantial amount in one trade.’
      • ‘And just as quickly, they can dismiss me, blow me out.’
      • ‘If you let them control the pace of the game, they're going to blow you out.’
      • ‘As long as I don't get hurt and this guy doesn't blow me out and I continue to dictate the pace.’
      • ‘With this last horse, I want you to blow him out at three furlongs.’
      • ‘When you are blowing someone out, you don't want to embarrass them.’
      • ‘We were afraid we'd become the target for the millionaires, that they'd blow us out with big airstrikes.’
      • ‘I mean it got close at the end though, but I stuck like 4 pieces in my mouth at the end and TOTALLY blew her out.’
  • blow something out

    • 1Use one's breath to extinguish a flame.

      ‘he blew out the candle’
      • ‘Sometime later, I drowsily make notice of the fact that another bright light has gone off, and then the candles are blown out.’
      • ‘Both connote images of extinguishing a flame, in the first case by blowing it out and in the second by smothering it or starving it of fuel.’
      • ‘The lighted cake was presented to the birthday child in the morning and kept lit all day, with the candles being replaced as needed, until after the evening meal when the candles were blown out and the cake served.’
      • ‘Nate worked the kitchen and the machines, and Teegan and I went around collecting garbage and pushing in chairs and disinfecting the tables and blowing the candles out.’
      • ‘All but one of the candles had been blown out, and the single flame was casting long, twisting shadows across the walls and deserted furniture.’
      • ‘Recalling her childhood, Alison Uttley remembered asking her teacher where the flame of a candle went when it was blown out.’
      • ‘The candle beside her bed was blown out and she lay her head down on the pillow, listening to the dogs getting comfortable in the living room.’
      • ‘And then there is the cake with its proud single candle flickering away as everyone shouts encouragement to blow the candle out.’
      • ‘Jamie put her face closer to the flame and blew it out.’
      • ‘But in a second, the emotion had gone as the flame of a candle did when the flame was blown out.’
      • ‘There were over a dozen windows in the castle, but nothing could be seen as all the candles have been blown out, and everyone was sound asleep.’
      • ‘The children tried to blow them out, but the candles weren't extinguishable.’
      • ‘At midnight she blew the candles out and switched on the kitchen and hallway lights.’
      • ‘The candles were blown out and the exhausted travelers fell into a deep sleep.’
      • ‘Then it was the cake moment, and I had to blow the candles out.’
      • ‘When he did speak, to ask if I'd marry him, my sigh of relief blew the candles out.’
      • ‘Jerome's steady breathing soon blew the flame crystal out.’
      • ‘After the last candle had been blown out and utter darkness cloaked the room, Ikeda kicked his boots off and stripped from his shirts.’
      • ‘She blew it out with a gentle breath and then moved to Jerry's side.’
      • ‘He extinguishes these candles by blowing them out and all present clap their hands.’
    • 2Render a part of the body useless.

      ‘he blew out his arm trying to snap a curveball’
      • ‘Until he blew his knees out, he played rugby.’
      • ‘Now she couldn't ice-skate (she tried once, and almost blew her knee out again), run or ski.’
      • ‘Some club officials are privately worded that Johnson never will return to the All-Pro level he enjoyed before blowing his knee out in the preseason.’
      • ‘Ryan had the instincts; we just kind of felt he was an unknown because he blew his knee out after the eighth game of the season.’
      • ‘Everything was going well for me on my college team, I was the leading scorer in the nation, and then all of a sudden I blew out my knee.’
      • ‘They were perfectly aimed, blowing his arms out of their sockets and probably crippling him for life.’
      • ‘Yeah, but I could step off a curb and blow my knee out, too.’
      • ‘My uncle taught me… he was going to go professional but blew his knee out in a car accident, so he teaches little league now.’
      • ‘Of course, the added pressure on that one was that I blew my knee out at the beginning of the film and we had this massive piece that had to be shot near the end, so I was just pleased to get through the damn thing.’
      • ‘I wasn't going to blow my arm out for them and cost our team.’
  • blow over

    • (of trouble) fade away without serious consequences.

      • ‘You can just imagine the Oxbridge types in cardigans praying this whole ghastly fad would soon blow over.’
      • ‘We've gotta keep our heads until this peace craze blows over.’
      • ‘They want to hear that it will blow over, pass, will get better once they become an adult and escape their parents.’
      • ‘My advice old boy is ignore them - this fuss will blow over soon enough, and you are far too valuable a part of the political and journalistic world to quit.’
      • ‘My client is not prepared to simply let the matter blow over.’
      • ‘I just hope it all just blows over for them both.’
      • ‘I know this will probably blow over soon enough but it was not right for her to do this.’
      • ‘Best bet: The whole thing blows over by Thursday.’
      • ‘For the rest of lunch we waked around the courtyard and I saw that people were staring at me because of the thing with Lachlan but I knew that it would soon blow over.’
      • ‘I hope this stuff blows over soon and all but other than support, there's not much i can say.’
      • ‘Yup, this domesticity lark will blow over soon.’
      • ‘When April told me that she had a small crush on him, I thought that it would just blow over soon, but then he asked her out.’
      • ‘The current furor and ruckus over the temple site will soon blow over.’
      • ‘This will all blow over soon, and then I'll be back to normal.’
      • ‘The match referee got security involved, and it soon blew over.’
      • ‘Often, just taking time to cool can help a conflict blow over.’
      • ‘Yes that is a promise, we'll go away after all of this blows over, and have serious quality time.’
      • ‘So I said nothing, hoping that the matter would blow over.’
      • ‘That city would be a good place to fade off into the sunset after this whole coup blew over.’
      • ‘Anyhow, we're sure all this nonsense will blow over soon enough.’
      abate, subside, settle down, drop away, drop off, lessen, ease, ease off, let up, diminish, fade, dwindle, slacken, recede, cool off, tail off, peter out, pass away, pass, die away, die down, die out, be forgotten, fizzle out, sink into oblivion, come to an end
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  • blow up

    • 1Explode.

      • ‘In the distance, the friends saw a building blow up and explode.’
      • ‘Afraid the car might blow up, my wife and I jumped over the freeway barrier and climbed to safety.’
      • ‘But by the end, by the time the city falls and you're being driven out in the back of an ambulance in a couple of really bad gunfights, and things, cars are blowing up around us, and things like that.’
      • ‘Within seconds of the opening salvo, the first of the wrecked cars blows up, flying 30 feet into the air and sending a fireball some 200 feet into the sky.’
      • ‘If they can do anything to alert the citizens to prevent a car bombing, a blowing up of a mall or anything else, they have an obligation to do so, no matter how old the information is.’
      • ‘The driver also was strolling outside when the car blew up, the newspaper said.’
      • ‘Flames shot out of my test tube and spread over the bench in a way you only ever see when a car blows up in an action movie.’
      • ‘On Monday January 21, more than 50 people were killed when a petrol station blew up, the fuel exploding when it came into contact with hot lava.’
      • ‘Guardsmen opened fire before the car blew up, said a spokesman for the army.’
      • ‘He had to be freed from his car by his son and the smell of petrol led him to fear his car was about to blow up.’
      • ‘‘We gathered and suddenly a car blew up and turned the area into fire and dust and darkness,’ one of the workers told our news agency.’
      • ‘The fear, of course, is that their car might blow up or that they might come under attack themselves.’
      • ‘The car bomb blew up without hurting anyone in the armoured bus.’
      • ‘She thought the car was going to blow up and got out but the smell was actually outside.’
      • ‘DNA can teach us about the flaws in the criminal justice system the same way we react when an airplane falls from the sky or a car blows up or there's an unexpected death at a hospital.’
      • ‘One after the other they all blew up - except when cars blow up it's not like in the films with flames, you know, they just sort of sit down.’
      • ‘The astronomers studied the remains of a supernova an exploded star that blew up 1,000 years ago, leaving behind debris twice the diameter of the Moon.’
      • ‘All I could think about was getting out in case the car blew up.’
      • ‘Yeah, stuff blows up, and cars crash, but different.’
      • ‘There are times when it would be just great if that car would blow up.’
      explode, detonate, go off, be set off, ignite, erupt, burst apart, shatter
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      1. 1.1(of a person) lose one's temper.
        ‘Meg blows up at Patrick for always throwing his tea bags in the sink’
        • ‘10 semi finalists gather in a bar to find out who will be the finalists, and of course there is drinking and smoking and swearing going on, one semi finalist blows up at Dennis after she is not picked as a finalist.’
        • ‘He blows up at little old ladies, but his only response to his wife leaving him is to squeak.’
        • ‘José blows up at a bank's loan officer, his sense of pride spoiling his wife's attempts to get a loan.’
        • ‘Let me first say that the main reason she blows up at Justin has little and I repeat, little to do with trust and talking about her life.’
        • ‘Jeanna just has a short temper and she blows up at times.’
        • ‘Hence, the weird mood swings where Jenny blows up at Brandon and he shrugs it off.’
        • ‘After she leaves, Harding asks McMurphy what he thought of her, and McMurphy blows up at him.’
        • ‘Tristan hides his surprise at the man's honest admission of having been in prison; Dan, meanwhile, blows up at the insult.’
        • ‘If your pal insists you partake in whatever negativity she is up to, blows up at you or quits calling you, you haven't lost much.’
        • ‘Wonder of wonders, your mom blows up at him the next day in front of the whole school.’
        lose one's temper, become angry, get angry, become enraged, become furious, go into a fury, go into a rage, rant and rave, go berserk, flare up, erupt, rage, blow one's cool, lose one's cool
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    • 2(of a wind or storm) begin to develop.

      • ‘It can be totally still there when there's a strong wind blowing up at the house.’
      • ‘The winds are blowing up the countryside and we don't wanna go out.’
      • ‘The wind blows up for a while, dies away and then repeats.’
      • ‘A little disquietingly, as we finished, a gargantuan electric storm blew up in all directions and we had to run for home.’
      • ‘It rained either in the morning or late afternoon - simply could not decide to be nor'west or sou'west for any length of time - wind blowing up the valley one minute and down the next.’
      • ‘Oil: it means horrendous air pollution, especially on days like yesterday, when the wind blows up a sandstorm and the thick air holds petrol fumes and plasters the stink of them onto your skin.’
      • ‘I reckon I'll sleep well tonight even though a storm is blowing up.’
      • ‘Most nervous moment of trip so far when storm blew up gale force 6 winds.’
      • ‘By the time we got back home the storm was already blowing up good and hard.’
      • ‘The following day, they were caught in the prelude to the hurricane - without warning the heavens opened, the wind blew up, and they raced for the hotel.’
      • ‘A disabled man on a moped/electric wheelchair had just gone past our table with a horn that was continually blaring when suddenly a massive wind blew up from nowhere, sending us all scattering inside.’
      • ‘An occasional crow calls out over the fairy fort near Ennis, and a harsh Atlantic wind is blowing up at the Cliffs of Moher where two local craftsmen will hammer your name in ancient script on a tiny piece of tin.’
      • ‘Social life and business will pick up again and hopefully the very cold northeast wind that blew up this morning will be away by the weekend before the festivities.’
      • ‘He added: ‘In the name of sensitivity, the Chapter is blowing up a storm of controversy, when all we had planned together was a church service.’’
      • ‘Wind blows up from the southeast as if there's a storm behind it.’
      • ‘A dreadful storm blew up, and the spirits curled themselves beneath the ground.’
      • ‘He'll need that gear when a tropical storm blows up, the island is cut off and those stuck in the resorts pass the time wondering what the next sequel would have been called.’
      • ‘As the autumn winds blow up, crab yolk becomes rich, a Chinese saying goes, indicating it is time to eat the sought-after delicacy.’
      • ‘So yes, whatever's out here when the wind blows up, I start, I start wheezing.’
      • ‘Just then the full perversity of the British weather system came into play and a brisk wind blew up from nowhere, out of a cloudless blue sky, and the temperature dropped several degrees within minutes.’
      1. 2.1(of a scandal or dispute) emerge or become public.
        • ‘Last night the doctor confirmed his departure which follows an extended period of sick leave after he became embroiled in the controversy which first blew up publicly in the autumn of 2003.’
        • ‘He was estranged from his fourth wife and a remarkable and acrimonious dispute blew up between the two women.’
        • ‘Farms across Yorkshire were already suffering substantial losses before the foot and mouth crisis blew up, a survey has revealed.’
        • ‘By 1902, however, he must have suspected something since a relatively minor indiscretion managed to blow up into a public row and marital debacle.’
        • ‘Every few years in Washington a new scandal blows up, and it usually involves lobbyists, lawmakers, money--and a well-heeled watering hole.’
        • ‘The endowment scandal looks set to blow up in the insurance industry's face this week as evidence mounts that the government has entered the fray and is looking for solutions.’
        • ‘But it seems he's saying the president unloaded on him right about the time the story blew up into a serious scandal and spawned a Justice Department investigation.’
        • ‘In February, the ‘children overboard’ scandal blew up, followed by the rapid exposure of his smears against the politician.’
        • ‘The crisis blew up for Scotland on Monday night.’
        • ‘More directly, the Suez Canal crisis also blew up in October.’
        • ‘Rome had been through this scenario more than once in the past: a crisis would blow up and the Empire seemed on the brink of disaster.’
        • ‘Those are tough words, but Congress asked, where were the regulators and lobbyists before the scandal blew up?’
        • ‘Finally, the big scandal blew up and its a doozy.’
        • ‘What better way to hurt the credibility of everyone hurling charges at him, than to let a nice big fat juicy scandal blow up in the faces of those pushing it?’
        • ‘He, on the other hand, was accused of mishandling allegations of mistreatment of children by an order of nuns when that scandal blew up three years ago.’
        • ‘A safety scandal blew up in May when a leading cardiologist published a statistical study suggesting that a popular drug might increase the risk of cardiovascular problems.’
        • ‘Territorial spats are less likely to blow up into conflict when officers on either side of the dispute have the home telephone numbers of their counterparts.’
        • ‘The dispute blew up in September 2002 when he, then 63, stated that as a single practitioner he was unable to provide out of hours care for his patients.’
        • ‘The row blew up during an emergency council meeting.’
        • ‘The blowing up of such ‘scandals’ has become the favoured means for disgruntled sections of the ruling elite to press their case, but the party is incapable of mounting a principled opposition.’
        break out, erupt, flare up, boil over, commence suddenly, occur suddenly, start suddenly, emerge, arise
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    • 3Inflate.

      ‘my stomach had started to blow up’
      • ‘The mitochondria and other parts of the cell blow up like balloons and explode.’
      • ‘When I woke up [Friday], it was blown up like a balloon, twice the size.’
      • ‘The inflation theory says that a baby universe blows up very quickly, like a balloon, in the tiniest fraction of a second.’
      • ‘When Tushiko came out, his left cheek was blown up and had a huge lump on his head.’
      • ‘My thumb blew up like a balloon and I think it's out of socket.’
  • blow something up

    • 1Cause something to explode.

      • ‘Passengers were released before the planes were blown up.’
      • ‘She regularly blows up cars, her captures always include some element of mayhem, and she has some serious man issues in her life.’
      • ‘Later, when a second smaller explosion went off on the other side of the city, authorities say that second blast was likely the attackers blowing up their getaway car.’
      • ‘They then blew it up, destroying the homes of some 100 people.’
      • ‘Let's face it, when kids are blowing up telephone kiosks and cars, and when rockets can blow a child's hand off, isn't there something wrong?’
      • ‘This guy knew about blowing things up, and for us bomb obsessed twerps, that was good enough for us.’
      • ‘Also to destroy the bomb you have to blow it up, but make sure you use a concealing bomb on it because if you don't it will trigger the bomb and it will explode sending radiation through the air.’
      • ‘So it wasn't a black hole, but rather a time bomb waiting for someone to blow it up.’
      • ‘Or there's the old Hollywood trick of blowing the asteroid up with a bomb.’
      • ‘The town has had major problems in recent years with youths using fireworks to blow up cars and phone boxes.’
      • ‘If you don't call it a war you can't send your planes to blow things up and your troops to shoot people.’
      • ‘Lots of them thought it completely natural to blow cities up with atomic bombs.’
      • ‘Because you're not just bombing people or blowing things up or destroying enemy forces in large formations.’
      • ‘He knew my parents were aboard that plane and he blew it up on purpose.’
      • ‘The patrol stabilizes the mountain by blowing it up - blasting out windblown drifts and slabs that load up overnight.’
      • ‘Telephone boxes have been blown up, dustbins destroyed, property targeted by lethal weapons.’
      • ‘In December 2003, attempts to blow up his car failed when the device fell off as he drove it down the road.’
      • ‘If you talk to them and blow our cover, I'll blow this plane up for exchange of our cover.’
      • ‘The militants are believed to have executed the victims, stolen computers and other property from the consulate, before detonating a bomb to blow it up.’
      • ‘So they cordoned the area off while the bomb squad went to work and blew it up safely.’
      explode, bomb, blast, destroy
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    • 2Inflate something.

      ‘a small pump for blowing up balloons’
      • ‘He looks at me, takes a latex glove and blows it up into a balloon so it looks like a crazy beige rooster.’
      • ‘Guys seem to dig the chicks posing with, popping, riding, and blowing up balloons and inflatable toys!’
      • ‘I blew up my old inflatable pool and put in in the backyard under the shade of a willow tree and put on Dylan's swim pants and let him fool around in the water.’
      • ‘Then blow up a third balloon and talk about the shape and colour.’
      • ‘We blow balloons up for them, do some magic and just remind them what it's like to play again.’
      • ‘Sitting anonymously in the crowd, he gets up, takes out a red balloon, blows it up, then lets the air out in sporadic farting sounds.’
      • ‘What would happen to a balloon if it was blown up in a classroom and then taken to the top of Mount Everest?’
      • ‘When you blow a balloon up, the reason it gets easier as you keep blowing is because the larger the balloon gets, the easier it is for the balloon, because there's pressure on it so expand.’
      • ‘Like the Rube Goldbergian contraptions that start by pushing over a domino that turns on a fan that blows up a balloon, there's a satisfaction in getting it right.’
      • ‘He blows up balloons all day, sits on the porch swing watching them fly.’
      • ‘Bring balloons, blow them up, start throwing them around like they do before concerts start.’
      • ‘You blow the bag up with a hair dryer which fills it with enough hot air to make it float.’
      • ‘It ended up being a white balloon and he blew it up.’
      • ‘Start blowing them up the day before - a lot of balloons takes a lot of puff.’
      • ‘And if you're short on cash, you can blow them up and make balloon animals to sell on the street.’
      • ‘Auto inflation is a technique where a special balloon is blown up by the child using their nose.’
      • ‘When you blow up a balloon the surface will expand, just as our universe is expanding.’
      • ‘It makes you wonder if they buy a bag of balloons, sit blowing them up then stick a pin in them just to get their buzz and to satisfy their feeble minds.’
      • ‘If one paints dots onto the surface of the balloon and then blows it up, each dot sees all the other dots moving away as if it were the centre of expansion.’
      • ‘Sometimes, after the balloon has been blown up, a device called a stent is left in the artery.’
      inflate, pump up, fill up, swell, enlarge, distend, expand, puff up, balloon, aerate
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      1. 2.1Enlarge a photograph or text.
        • ‘And an opposition researcher took a picture, blew it up into a placard and brought it to a rally, which had the effect of instantly ruining the guy's campaign.’
        • ‘I took copies of those pictures home blew them up and stared for ages returning again and again to certain faces, often the women.’
        • ‘The advantage of a higher megapixel camera is in the detail it captures and the size you can blow the pictures up to.’
        • ‘I photograph some of them just as they are and blow them up.’
        • ‘I took a bunch of his pictures, blew them up, and attached them to foamboard.’
        • ‘Bits of the video had been blown up and made into photographs.’
        • ‘Basically, he takes pictures of hot ladies and either blows them up or puts them into this book and builds custom porn, or art.’
        • ‘Even photography works, take a portrait and blow it up in black and white for a special effect.’
        • ‘The artworks have been blown up and erected on buildings around the city, and those in Newtown have already transformed the area, bringing colour and excitement to a once drab area.’
        • ‘But he was so impressed by the fan reaction that he took a photo of that scene and blew it up into a magnificent big picture.’
        • ‘You also have the choice of leaving the originals as small prints beside the new enlargement, or blowing the old ones up to 10 ‘x8 ‘as well.’
        • ‘Or what about when you posted my yearbook pictures around the school, only they were blown up and had a numerous amount of added zits.’
        • ‘If the text was blown up and placed on a wall, it could be a powerful installation about our internal lives.’
        • ‘‘I just take the onion from various perspectives,’ he says, but admits to a dramatic touch in the blowing up of sizes.’
        • ‘Use the crop tool to salvage something usable from your obscured photo, and the enlarge wizard to blow it up to a reasonable size.’
        • ‘In a series of works ranging from small to enormous, he took the photos, double exposed them with his own photos of Cameron's Corner, blew them up, painted over them, and presented them for our consideration.’
        • ‘Can't you take my picture now and then blow it up and then stick my head on a stick and then hold it up when the picture is taken?’
        • ‘Taking the advice of a fellow artist, he blew them up photographically, and they took on physical properties akin to large-scale billboards.’
        • ‘Their fetus pictures have been blown up even bigger.’
        • ‘The latest wall treatment is photographic wallpapers, where digital images are blown up and used across a whole wall - so you can have your own pictures on display.’
        enlarge, magnify, expand, extend, increase in size, make larger, make bigger
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Old English blāwan, of Germanic origin; related to German blähen ‘blow up, swell’, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin flare ‘blow’.




Main definitions of blow in US English:

: blow1blow2blow3



  • 1A powerful stroke with a hand, weapon, or hard object.

    ‘he received a blow to the skull’
    • ‘Malcolm pulled back his arm and rammed a powerful blow into Donald knocking him to the sand.’
    • ‘He then takes another swinging punch at Josh but only lands a glancing blow.’
    • ‘He tried to make some noises but received a hard blow to the back, which caused him to stop his useless attempts at speech.’
    • ‘The police asked me if the child had fallen or received a hard blow to the injured area of her head.’
    • ‘The car had only delivered a glancing blow, bruising only his hip as he turned away from the loud squealing tires.’
    • ‘So, a glancing blow like that can actually really be worse.’
    • ‘If the medical evidence is correct he is unlikely to have fallen down as a result of the stroke itself and I accept a glancing blow to the head would not necessarily knock him over.’
    • ‘It swerved, but gave the first coach a glancing blow and ended up in the field.’
    • ‘Knocking the man to his knees with blow to his head, Carl struck out a second time, using the gun handle again to incapacitate the last of his would be assailants with a hard blow to his skull.’
    • ‘For example, the close range shield features quick, multiple hits, while the long-range weapon focuses in on powerful blows.’
    • ‘Suddenly, his opponent block one of his blows and punched out hard.’
    • ‘It had a hard red shell that protected it from powerful blows.’
    • ‘He did manage to hit a tree a glancing blow on one jaunt, but had the car repaired before his father returned.’
    • ‘Again she circled and again it struck, this time a glancing blow to her flank.’
    • ‘A stone smashed through an offside window of the vehicle, causing a glancing blow to a passenger.’
    • ‘In the first round he hit Regan with a hard blow to the ribs.’
    • ‘What causes you to see stars after a hard blow to the head?’
    • ‘Tom groaned incoherently, having still not recovered from the powerful blow that he'd received.’
    • ‘He was struck once in the left shoulder, merely a glancing blow.’
    • ‘The initial blow is hard, so it is unsurprising that it hurts.’
    knock, bang, hit, punch, thump, smack, crack, thwack, buffet, jolt, stroke, rap, tap, clip
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    1. 1.1 A sudden shock or disappointment.
      ‘the news came as a crushing blow’
      • ‘Those of us who seek to show that the extremists are the exception, not the rule, and that mainstream practitioners pose no threat to democracy, have been dealt a severe blow.’
      • ‘However, the strike has dealt a severe blow to his dreams of becoming the number-one grocery retailer.’
      • ‘But families and representatives of City Hall union said after the meeting the decision was a blow and disappointment.’
      • ‘Coming on top of two decades of civil war, the tidal waves dealt a severe blow to the health sector along the coastal Ampara district.’
      • ‘The decline in status that colonial life entailed must have dealt a severe blow to their aspirations.’
      • ‘That comfortable illusion was dealt a severe blow by the Equitable saga.’
      • ‘The man, who was dealt a severe blow on the farming front last weekend when he lost his entire herd of healthy livestock to foot and mouth, bids to bounce back at Aintree tomorrow.’
      • ‘David was struck with a blow of shock and horror once more.’
      • ‘Given the increasingly run-down nature of these command economies, the oil price shocks dealt a crucial blow to regimes running an already bankrupt economic system.’
      • ‘I'm not too deeply saddened by the news but it did come as a sudden blow to the vitals.’
      • ‘The assassins struck the most important person from the Council and thereby dealt them a severe blow.’
      • ‘The sport of cricket thrives on the competition of international teams and will no doubt be dealt a severe blow if the anticipated hostilities go on for any real length of time.’
      • ‘His hopes of springing a surprise were dealt a severe blow before the break when the Captain was forced to retire due to concussion.’
      • ‘Exhausted by these efforts, he was then dealt a terrible blow by the sudden death in May of his beloved elder sister Fanny.’
      • ‘To the vendors, this is a disappointment, but not too severe a blow.’
      • ‘The punitive actions include economic sanctions, which are certain to deal a severe blow to the North, which desperately needs global aid.’
      • ‘When Durkin left the field with an ankle injury Sligo's hopes were dealt a severe blow.’
      • ‘He was dealt a disappointing blow here yesterday when the group failed to justify hefty support.’
      • ‘The so-called reforms have dealt a severe blow to the living standards of tens of millions of workers, small businessmen and farmers, the urban and rural poor.’
      • ‘This disappointment was a real blow for me - I'm usually a sucker for movies about seniors bonding with other species.’
      shock, surprise, bombshell, bolt from the blue, bolt out of the blue, thunderbolt, jolt, rude awakening
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  • at one blow

    • By a single stroke; in one operation.

      ‘the letter had destroyed his certainty at one blow’
      • ‘If that has been shown to hold for the pattern, then it has been shown, at one blow, to hold for all of the indefinitely many instances of the pattern.’
      • ‘After the war we witnessed a change in the world that separated us from what we used to be and from what we once had made and done, as if at one blow millions of years had passed.’
      • ‘Or better yet an all-in-one weapon that destroys the whole enmeshed monstrosity at one blow.’
      • ‘In a city where the struggle to find affordable housing has become epic, they stand to lose both housing and community support at one blow.’
      • ‘The seizure of power by the proletariat did not overcome at one blow the country's economic backwardness and lack of culture, however.’
      • ‘In that country this year a ruling class which had always denied the vote to the great majority of the population was forced to concede universal suffrage at one blow.’
      • ‘I am at a loss to understand on what grounds the Planning Authority deems it acceptable to inflict 59 houses, virtually in one block, at one blow in such a small village.’
  • come to blows

    • Start fighting after a disagreement.

      • ‘The couple, who had been together for 28 years and had come to blows in the past, argued at a local Conservative club and continued to row at home.’
      • ‘Tai and Blaze fight often but they rarely come to blows.’
      • ‘One day they'll surely come to blows over a disagreement about the seven-day forecast, chaos theory be damned.’
      • ‘Friends and loved ones practically coming to blows as they argued: was he really a power-mad lunatic, or a visionary being smeared by political enemies?’
      • ‘The two young men come to blows, fighting ‘with the instinctive fierceness of panthers in the deepening twilight’.’
      • ‘It has a great charm, the poetry world, because people are not particularly making money, although admittedly they are coming to blows over grants and so on.’
      • ‘Already, party members are coming to blows, picking candidates not just for the presidency, but for parliament.’
      • ‘The only thing I wouldn't like to see is players coming to blows.’
      • ‘And there were unconfirmed reports of a passenger and a rail company employee coming to blows on a platform.’
      • ‘It's a wonder we don't come to blows more often than we do.’
      • ‘Having said that, we have never come to blows and I have the greatest of respect for the other 51% of the population.’
      • ‘Viking forces marched through the city on Saturday before coming to blows in the Eye of York in the re-enactment of a 10th century clash between Viking and Anglo Saxon armies.’
      • ‘But you have to ask yourself, if it actually comes to blows politically, internally, is the United States going to stand by and watch that?’
      • ‘The fact that neither of us had read these great luminaries didn't stop us nearly coming to blows.’
      • ‘But I don't expect it to come to blows; they're both too professional, and they both respect each other too much for that.’
      • ‘This was the woman with whom he had fought so many bitter disputes, almost come to blows so many times.’
      • ‘It was no irony that even as the pamphlets were being distributed, Congressmen were on the verge of coming to blows.’
      • ‘Often it doesn't come to blows, they enjoy the buzz of organising confrontations.’
      • ‘I thought they might even come to blows at one point.’
      • ‘These days, when the two men meet by chance at a club, at best they exchange insincere niceties; at worst their crews come to blows.’
  • soften (or cushion) the blow

    • Make it easier to cope with a difficult change or upsetting news.

      ‘monetary compensation was offered to soften the blow’
      • ‘The concept of setting up a further committee is merely an attempt on the part of the Government to soften the blow.’
      • ‘And as a performer, constructive criticism is all about finding something good and positive to soften the blow to the real critique of what really went on.’
      • ‘But the government has softened the blow by handing out £4 million so a small part of the work can begin.’
      • ‘Shall I tell the news to Breanne, or would it soften the blow if she heard it from you?’
      • ‘He didn't mind though - especially as I softened the blow by telling him how much I liked his Queen Victoria goes into a bar routine.’
      • ‘I ought to conclude with something more upbeat, a way of softening the blow, highlighting the nicer side of autumn.’
      • ‘The group says dairy farmers have lost more than $200 million, even after taking into account government programs designed to soften the blow from the mad cow crisis.’
      • ‘Numbers of possible redundancies and the timescale for them, as well as ways of softening the blow for those affected, will be discussed at a meeting of senior college managers and governors tomorrow.’
      • ‘Eric sort of predicted the verdict, and he softened the blow for me.’
      • ‘Coming up with an honest excuse will help cushion the blow if you've got unpleasant news to convey.’
      • ‘And that's quite funny because some of the contestants write the name of the person they want to evict, and they put little kisses on it or little flowers to try to soften the blow.’
      • ‘He would be upset, but she would do her best to soften the blow, and she would promise to also do her best to always be there for him, at least as a friend.’
      • ‘It was as if people felt he should have softened the blow, should have held back and should, in a sense, have lied, about his findings.’
      • ‘To soften the blow, the administration announced a beefed-up monitoring program to guard against a sudden flood of foreign steel coming into the country.’
      • ‘They can then claim tax relief to soften the blow.’
      • ‘I should therefore be at full pay until mid-January and full benefits until the end of January, which softens the blow quite a bit.’
      • ‘But he softened the blow by announcing the force would receive an extra £4.45 million in special grants.’
      • ‘The second item of news went some way towards softening the blow of the first.’
      • ‘She lost narrowly to the girl who was promising a wider choice of biscuits at breaktime. Naturally she was upset and I tried hard to soften the blow.’
      • ‘I got a sassy new haircut yesterday… a means of softening the blow of turning 30… new look, y'know?’
  • strike a blow for (or against)

    • Act in support of (or opposition to)

      ‘a chance to strike a blow for freedom’
      • ‘In Hoffman Plastics, the Supreme Court struck a blow against the rights of undocumented workers.’
      • ‘A court ruling last week struck a blow against that strategy, but the battle has just begun’
      • ‘The Board of Education has struck a blow for enlightenment and tolerance - not for homosexuality.’
      • ‘And it has just struck a blow for liberty by refusing to pass Government plans to curb trial by jury.’
      • ‘Every time you see an indication of someone who has cleverly struck a blow against the System, especially through Art, I sense the work of the Satellite.’
      • ‘But we should not be deluded into thinking that we have struck a blow against terrorism.’
      • ‘International trade agreements lowering tariffs, however, do not need these high hurdles because they promote liberty and strike a blow against special interests.’
      • ‘The Court didn't show any restraint and struck a blow against our tradition of self-government.’
      • ‘In spite of the best efforts of the Justice Department, the librarians have struck a blow for free speech and won.’
      • ‘It strikes a blow for democracy and human rights at the heart of the present US Administration.’
      • ‘The U.S. Supreme Court last week struck a blow for privacy at the expense of the public's right to know.’
      • ‘It was at Harpers Ferry in 1859 that Brown's raid against slavery struck a blow for freedom.’
      • ‘Then, satisfied that I had struck a blow for humanity, I turned and walked away, never stopping to look back.’
      • ‘I'm not suggesting the kids are striking a blow for artists rights by boycotting the unfair system.’
      • ‘Terrorism creates fear among people and strikes a blow against trust and confidence.’
      • ‘And today we struck a blow for freedom by cutting off their money - one of their money sources.’
      • ‘This would not only strike a blow against terrorism but for freedom in the region.’
      • ‘It followed, he reasoned, that software can strike a blow against the culture of art and ownership.’
      • ‘The girls see themselves as striking a blow for women everywhere through the medium of rock music - in the nude.’
      • ‘By withdrawing I struck a blow for civility, although, with those two I fear there is little hope.’


Late Middle English: of unknown origin.




Main definitions of blow in US English:

: blow1blow2blow3



[no object]literary, archaic
  • Produce flowers or be in flower.

    ‘I know a bank where the wild thyme blows’
    • ‘The flowers kept blowing, unaware their namesake had gone, unaware that this was not a day for flowers to grow so prettily bright in the ground.’
    • ‘She was dressed in an elaborate kimono with lovely flowers blowing across it.’
    • ‘Fresh flowers blow, as flowers have blown.’
    • ‘Thou dwellest where the roses blow.’
    • ‘I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding cowslip grow.’


literary, archaic
  • The state or period of flowering.

    ‘stocks in fragrant blow’
    • ‘‘I wonder what Mrs. Thatcher felt like when she came walking over the heath in her bride-dress, and Mr. Thatcher's arm in her arm, and the blush roses in blow, and none in all that great place but him and her?’’
    • ‘There was a profusion of roses in blow and there was a wildness about it that I thought was very delightful.’
    • ‘I hope you got the list of my flowers in blow, which I had given Sir C.’
    • ‘Throughout the Island (the south in particular) gorse forms most of the fences, growing on the top and from the sides of the various banks and hedges, and when in blow is really beautiful.’
    • ‘The thermometer stood at 68° in the shade at noon; butterflies fluttered among the flowers, of which many were in full blow; and we expected to have seen alligators half-awake floating on the numberless logs that accompanied us in our slow progress.’


Old English blōwan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bloeien and German blühen, also to bloom and blossom.