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blow 1

v. blew (blo͞o), blown (blōn), blow·ing, blows
a. To be in a state of motion. Used of the air or of wind.
b. To move along or be carried by the wind: Her hat blew away.
c. To move with or have strong winds: The storm blew all night.
a. To expel a current of air, as from the mouth or from a bellows.
b. To produce a sound by expelling a current of air, as in sounding a wind instrument or a whistle.
c. To breathe hard; pant.
d. To release air or gas suddenly; burst or explode: The tire blew when it hit the pothole.
e. To spout moist air from the blowhole. Used of a whale.
a. To fail or break down, as from being operated under extreme or improper conditions: The furnace blew during the cold snap.
b. To melt or otherwise become disabled. Used of a fuse.
a. Informal To move very fast in relation to something: The boy blew past the stands on his bike.
b. Slang To go away; depart: It's time to blow.
5. Informal To boast.
6. Vulgar Slang To be disgustingly disagreeable or offensive: This movie blows.
a. To cause to move by means of a current of air: The wind blew the boat out to sea.
b. To drive a current of air on, in, or through: blew my hair dry after I shampooed it.
c. To clear out or make free of obstruction by forcing air through: blew his nose all through allergy season.
d. To shape or form (glass, for example) by forcing air or gas through at the end of a pipe.
a. To expel (air) from the mouth.
b. To cause air or gas to be expelled suddenly from: We blew a tire when we drove over the rock.
3. Music
a. To cause (a wind instrument) to sound.
b. To sound: a bugle blowing taps.
a. To cause to be out of breath.
b. To allow (a winded horse) to regain its breath.
5. To demolish by the force of an explosion: An artillery shell blew our headquarters apart.
6. To lay or deposit eggs in. Used of certain insects.
a. To cause to fail or break down, as by operating at extreme or improper conditions: blew the engine on the last lap.
b. To cause (a fuse) to melt or become disabled.
8. Slang
a. To spend (money) freely and rashly. See Synonyms at waste.
b. To spend money freely on; treat: blew me to a sumptuous dinner.
a. Slang To spoil or lose through ineptitude: blew the audition; blew a three-goal lead. See Synonyms at botch.
b. To cause (a covert intelligence operation or operative) to be revealed and thereby jeopardized: a story in the press that blew their cover; an agent who was blown by the opposition.
a. Slang To depart (a place) in a great hurry: Let's blow this city no later than noon.
b. Baseball To throw (a pitch) so fast that a batter cannot swing fast enough to hit it: blew a fastball by the batter for the strikeout.
11. Vulgar Slang To perform fellatio on.
1. The act or an instance of blowing.
a. A blast of air or wind.
b. A storm.
3. Informal An act of bragging.
4. Slang Cocaine.
Phrasal Verbs:
blow away Slang
1. To kill by shooting, especially with a firearm.
2. To defeat decisively.
3. To affect intensely; overwhelm: That concert blew me away.
blow in Slang
To arrive, especially when unexpected.
blow off
1. To relieve or release (pressure); let off.
2. Slang To choose not to attend or accompany: They wanted us to come along, but we blew them off.
blow out
1. To extinguish or be extinguished by a gust of air: blow out a candle.
2. To fail, as an electrical apparatus.
3. To erupt in an uncontrolled manner. Used of a gas or oil well.
4. To defeat decisively, as in a sport.
blow over
To subside, wane, or pass over with little lasting effect: The storm blew over quickly. The scandal will soon blow over.
blow up
1. To come into being: A storm blew up.
2. To fill with air; inflate: blow up a tire.
3. To enlarge (a photographic image or print).
4. To explode: bombs blowing up.
5. To lose one's temper.
blow a fuse/gasket Slang
To explode with anger.
blow hot and cold
To change one's opinion often on a matter; vacillate.
blow off steam
To give vent to pent-up emotion.
blow (one's) cool Slang
To lose one's composure.
blow (one's) mind Slang
To affect with intense emotion, such as amazement, excitement, or shock.
blow (one's) top/stack Informal
To lose one's temper.
blow/break open
To get a sudden, insurmountable lead in (an athletic contest).
blow out of proportion
To make more of than is reasonable; exaggerate.
blow smoke
1. To speak deceptively.
2. To brag or exaggerate.

[Middle English blowen, from Old English blāwan; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.]

blow 2

1. A sudden hard stroke or hit, as with the fist or an object.
2. An unexpected shock or calamity.
3. An unexpected attack; an assault.

[Middle English blaw.]

blow 3

intr. & tr.v. blew (blo͞o), blown (blōn), blow·ing, blows
To bloom or cause to bloom.
1. A mass of blossoms: peach blow.
2. The state of blossoming: tulips in full blow.

[From Middle English blowen, to bloom, from Old English blōwan; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]
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blow up

vb (adverb)
1. to explode or cause to explode
2. (tr) to increase the importance of (something): they blew the whole affair up.
3. (intr) to come into consideration: we lived well enough before this thing blew up.
4. (intr) to come into existence with sudden force: a storm had blown up.
5. informal to lose one's temper (with a person)
6. (tr) informal to reprimand (someone)
7. (Photography) (tr) informal to enlarge the size or detail of (a photograph)
8. an explosion
9. (Photography) informal an enlarged photograph or part of a photograph
10. informal a fit of temper or argument
11. informal Also called: blowing up a reprimand
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blow up
1. 'explode'

When a bomb explodes, it bursts loudly and with great force, often causing a lot of damage.

A bomb had exploded in the next street.

You can say that someone explodes a bomb.

They exploded a nuclear device.
2. 'blow up'

However, if someone destroys a building with a bomb, don't say that they 'explode' the building. You say that they blow it up.

He was going to blow the place up.


blow up
1. 'inflate'

If you inflate something such as a tyre, balloon, or airbed, you fill it full of air or gas.

...a rubber dinghy that took half an hour to inflate.
2. 'blow up'

Inflate is a formal or technical word. In conversation, you usually say that you blow up a tyre, balloon, or airbed.

She blew up the airbed.
She would buy her son a dinghy and a pump to blow it up.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.blow up - cause to burst with a violent release of energy; "We exploded the nuclear bomb"
change integrity - change in physical make-up
fulminate - cause to explode violently and with loud noise
dynamite - blow up with dynamite; "The rock was dynamited"
2.blow up - make largeblow up - make large; "blow up an image"  
photography, picture taking - the act of taking and printing photographs
increase - make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
scale down, reduce - make smaller; "reduce an image"
3.blow up - get very angry and fly into a rage; "The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question"; "Spam makes me go ballistic"
rage - feel intense anger; "Rage against the dying of the light!"
4.blow up - add details to
glorify - cause to seem more splendid; "You are glorifying a rather mediocre building"
exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, overstate, amplify, magnify, overdraw - to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"
5.blow up - burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction;"the bomb detonated at noon"; "The Molotov cocktail exploded"
6.blow up - exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated"
increase - make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
puff up - make larger or distend; "The estimates were puffed up"
7.blow up - fill with gas or air; "inflate a balloons"
reflate - inflate again; "reflate the balloon"
expand - make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity; "expand the house by adding another wing"
surge, billow, heave - rise and move, as in waves or billows; "The army surged forward"
8.blow up - to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs"; "puffed out chests"
swell up, tumesce, tumefy, intumesce, swell - expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

blow 1

1. To be in a state of motion, as air:
2. To breathe hard:
3. To come open or fly apart suddenly and violently, as from internal pressure.Also used with out:
Slang: bust.
4. To release or cause to release energy suddenly and violently, especially with a loud noise.Also used with up:
5. Informal. To talk with excessive pride:
6. Slang. To move or proceed away from a place:
Slang: split, take off.
7. Slang. To spend (money) excessively and usually foolishly:
8. Slang. To pay for the food, drink, or entertainment of (another):
Informal: set up, stand.
Idiom: stand treat.
9. Slang. To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess:
Informal: bollix up, muck up.
Idiom: make a muck of.
phrasal verb
blow in
Slang. To come to a particular place:
phrasal verb
blow up
To be or become angry:
Informal: steam.
Idioms: blow a fuse, blow a gasket, blow one's stack, breathe fire, fly off the handle, get hot under the collar, hit the ceiling, lose one's temper, see red.
1. A natural movement or current of air:
Archaic: gale.
2. Informal. An act of boasting:
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يَنْفَجِرُ غَضَبايَنْفَجِرُ، يَتَفَجَّرُيَنْفُخُيَنْفُخُ، يَملأُ بالهَواء أو الغاز
nafouknoutvybouchnoutvybuchnoutvyhodit/vyletět do vzduchuvyletět
eksploderesprænge i luften
blása upp, fylla loftispringaverîa bálreiîur
vyletieť/vyhodiť do vzduchu
havaya uç makhavaya uçurmakpatla makşişirmektepesi atmak
nổ tung

w>blow up

(= be exploded)in die Luft fliegen; (bomb)explodieren
(lit, fig, gale, crisis, row) → ausbrechen; his allegations could blow up in his faceseine Behauptungen könnten nach hinten losgehen
(fig inf, person) → explodieren (inf)
vt sep
mine, bridge, personin die Luft jagen, hochjagen
tyre, balloonaufblasen
(fig: = magnify, exaggerate) eventaufbauschen (into zu)
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(bləu) past tense blew (blu) : past participle blown verb
1. (of a current of air) to be moving. The wind blew more strongly.
2. (of eg wind) to cause (something) to move in a given way. The explosion blew off the lid.
3. to be moved by the wind etc. The door must have blown shut.
4. to drive air (upon or into). Please blow into this tube!
5. to make a sound by means of (a musical instrument etc). He blew the horn loudly.
ˈblowhole noun
a breathing-hole (through the ice for seals etc) or a nostril (especially on the head of a whale etc).
ˈblow-lamp, ˈblow-torch noun
a lamp for aiming a very hot flame at a particular spot. The painter burned off the old paint with a blow-lamp.
ˈblowout noun
1. the bursting of a car tyre. That's the second blowout I've had with this car.
2. (on eg an oil rig) a violent escape of gas etc.
ˈblowpipe noun
a tube from which a dart (often poisonous) is blown.
blow one's top
to become very angry. She blew her top when he arrived home late.
blow out
to extinguish or put out (a flame etc) by blowing. The wind blew out the candle; The child blew out the match.
blow over
to pass and become forgotten. The trouble will soon blow over.
blow up
1. to break into pieces, or be broken into pieces, by an explosion. The bridge blew up / was blown up.
2. to fill with air or a gas. He blew up the balloon.
3. to lose one's temper. If he says that again I'll blow up.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

blow up

يَنْفُخُ vybouchnout sprænge i luften explodieren ανατινάζω estallar räjähtää exploser eksplodirati gonfiare 爆破する 폭발하다 opblazen sprenge wysadzić w powietrze explodir взорвать explodera เป่าให้ไฟลุก havaya uçurmak nổ tung 爆炸
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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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