Definition of blow something out in US English:

blow something out

phrasal verb

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

    ‘he blew out the candle’
    • ‘Jerome's steady breathing soon blew the flame crystal out.’
    • ‘He extinguishes these candles by blowing them out and all present clap their hands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She blew it out with a gentle breath and then moved to Jerry's side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When he did speak, to ask if I'd marry him, my sigh of relief blew the candles 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.’
    • ‘Sometime later, I drowsily make notice of the fact that another bright light has gone off, and then the candles are blown out.’
    • ‘And then there is the cake with its proud single candle flickering away as everyone shouts encouragement to blow the candle 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.’
    • ‘The candles were blown out and the exhausted travelers fell into a deep sleep.’
    • ‘But in a second, the emotion had gone as the flame of a candle did when the flame was blown out.’
    • ‘Jamie put her face closer to the flame and blew it 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The children tried to blow them out, but the candles weren't extinguishable.’
    • ‘Then it was the cake moment, and I had to blow the candles out.’
    • ‘Recalling her childhood, Alison Uttley remembered asking her teacher where the flame of a candle went when it was blown out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At midnight she blew the candles out and switched on the kitchen and hallway lights.’
  • 2North American informal Render 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now she couldn't ice-skate (she tried once, and almost blew her knee out again), run or ski.’
    • ‘I wasn't going to blow my arm out for them and cost our team.’