Definition of blow out in US English:

blow out

phrasal verb

  • 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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.

    • ‘Aziz takes off quickly on his bicycle, which has no brakes or lights, and blows out one of his tires.’
    • ‘On the way home my left rear tyre blows out, while I'm on the phone to another customer.’
    • ‘He failed to see a broken, jagged edged bottle in the road and ran over it, blowing out his left front tire.’
    • ‘For example, what would I do if I had a front tyre blow out at 100 mph?’
    • ‘But on the last trip US sharpshooters blew out the vehicle's tires.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then the tube in my front tire blew out and we stopped to replace it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last time, torrential rainstorms from Boston to DC; this time, a tire blew out on their trailer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before he could get a shot off, Rae drew his own handgun and blew out the front tire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When a tire on his truck blows out, someone finds him a new one.’
    • ‘It could have been mechanical failure, a tyre blow out or a deer in the road.’
    • ‘But motoring experts reacted sceptically to his suggestion that the desert heat may have caused the tyre to blow out with tragic consequences.’
    • ‘It landed behind the truck and exploded, blowing out the back tires and part of the canvas ripped, catching on fire.’
    • ‘A tyre blew out while he was driving his Lotus home from a Dalkeith rugby match against North Berwick.’
    • ‘The result was that the object penetrated through the right front tyre, causing an immediate blow out.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.

    • ‘During drilling operation, accidental well blow out can result in the damage and the pollution of the environment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are a variety of methods for controlling a well blow out and extinguishing a well fire.’
    • ‘A well blow out released toxic fumes that have killed nearly 200 people.’
    • ‘Soon afterwards, he was doing maintenance work on an oilrig in Smackover, Arkansas, when the well blew out.’
  • 4blow itself out(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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amazing how quickly it blew itself out, but I guess longevity wasn't the point.’
    • ‘Hopefully this hurricane will blow itself out before he releases his next set.’
    • ‘And with Isabelle blowing itself out over the east coast, the weather here should be getting a little warmer and sunnier too.’
    • ‘The gale blew itself out around dawn on April 18 th.’
    • ‘After midnight the storm finally blew itself out, and the lightless convoy moved out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It blew itself out eventually, but not before it forced his government into a U-turn on fuel duty.’
    • ‘Fishermen were lucky to have their boats tied up in safe moorings while the storm blew itself out.’
    • ‘Clemenceau let the movement blow itself out, believing that it was not a serious threat.’
    • ‘Instead, he found himself in the eye of a storm that shows no sign of blowing itself out.’
    • ‘Other centres were affected, including good old Liverpool in 1832, and the epidemic blew itself out in 1838.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The whirlwind would blow itself out; James would die and Mary succeed him; they would take their revenge.’
    • ‘One of the staff members had told him that the storm would more than likely blow itself out sometime that day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’