Unforeseen expenditures that ballooned the deficit.
Expenses ballooning out of control.
The balloon of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
An example of something that may balloon is your stomach after a big meal.
An example of something that may balloon are the amount of funds raised at a charity event.
An example of someone who may balloon is a person flying a hot air balloon.
An example of a balloon is a blimp.
Origin of balloon
- French ballon from Italian dialectal ballone augmentative of balla ball of Germanic origin bhel-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 1570, "a game played with a large, inflated leather ball" (possibly via Middle French ballon) from Italian pallone "large ball" from palla "ball", from Lombardic palla "ball" from Proto-Germanic *ballô (“ball”), from Proto-Indo-European *bholn- (“bubble”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- (“to blow, swell, inflate”). Akin to Old High German ballo, bal "ball" (German Ballen "bale"; Ball "ball"). More at ball.