One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ruin the effectiveness of (something)‘the amendment could blow a hole in the legislation’
wreck, ruin, spoil, disrupt, undo, upset, play havoc with, make a mess of, put an end to, end, bring to an end, put a stop to, terminate, prevent, frustrate, blight, crush, quell, quash, dash, scotch, shatter, vitiate, blast, devastate, demolish, sabotage, torpedoView synonyms
- ‘He said the rate of increase in current spending would have to be cut from 22% to around 10% immediately, or else it would blow a hole in the economy.’
- ‘The near - 16% fall in the cost of clothing and footwear over the same period tends to blow a hole in that argument.’
- ‘Former Manchester United star Henning Berg hopes to bid a fond farewell to Old Trafford tomorrow by blowing a hole in his old club's title ambitions.’
- ‘The SPA, he says, blows a hole in government plans for more than 200,000 new homes by 2016 in the Thames Basin and Thames Gateway areas.’
- ‘As he tries to explain this theory, Gonzales blows a hole in it himself.’
- ‘This is genuinely good news except for the fact that by then new genomic-based therapies will be available, blowing a hole in the national strategies.’
- ‘He could blow a hole in the very argument the administration was making on why we ought to go to war.’
- ‘If you love eating out, all you really need to know to avoid blowing a hole in your healthy eating plans is which dishes to go for and which to avoid.’
- ‘A report by a top level think-tank blows a hole in Government claims that the gap between rich and poor has narrowed.’
- ‘Belle Vue's revamped side are planning to lay down a marker for a new, brighter era by blowing a hole in Oxford's Elite League title bid.’
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