To blow up

to be torn to pieces and thrown into the air as by an explosion of powder or gas or the expansive force of steam; to burst; to explode; as, a powder mill or steam boiler blows up.
- Tatler.
To fill with air; to swell; as, to blow up a bladder or bubble.
To inflate, as with pride, self-conceit, etc.; to puff up; as, to blow one up with flattery.
To excite; as, to blow up a contention.
- Milton.
To burst, to raise into the air, or to scatter, by an explosion; as, to blow up a fort.
To scold violently; as, to blow up a person for some offense.
To inflate; to distend.
To destroy by an explosion from beneath.
To explode; as, the boiler blew up.
To reprove angrily; to scold.

See also: Blow, Blow, Blow, Blow, Blow, Blow, Up, Up, Up, Up

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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By the second range session I was safely approaching the 2,650 fps in virgin Lake City brass with factory-crimped primers, but I began losing bullets at about 200 yards down range due to jacket separations causing them to blow up in a little puff of smoke.
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