Blow meaning

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To blow is to expel air in a more forceful manner or air movement.

An example of blow is when you use your mouth to expel air to make the candles on your birthday cake go out.

An example of blow is when the wind comes along and causes the leaves to move in the trees.

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The definition of a blow is a hard hit or upsetting news, or receiving upsetting information.

An example of blow is when you are hit by a baseball in the head.

An example of a blow is when you were expecting to go on a trip and you find out the plane has been cancelled and the hotel burned down.

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To boast.
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To be disgustingly disagreeable or offensive.

This movie blows.

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To demolish by the force of an explosion.

An artillery shell blew our headquarters apart.

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To lay or deposit eggs in. Used of certain insects.
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The act or an instance of blowing.
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An act of bragging.
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Cocaine.
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A sudden hard stroke or hit, as with the fist or an object.
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An unexpected shock or calamity.
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An unexpected attack; an assault.
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To bloom or cause to bloom.
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A mass of blossoms.

Peach blow.

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The state of blossoming.

Tulips in full blow.

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To move with some force.
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To send forth air with or as with the mouth.
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To pant; be breathless.
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To make or give sound by blowing or being blown.
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To exhale air and condensed moisture from the lungs in a spout through the blowhole.
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To be carried by the wind or a current of air.

The paper blew away.

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To be stormy.
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To burst or explode.
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To disrupt a circuit by melting.
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To lay eggs.
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To brag; boast.
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To go away; leave.
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To improvise.
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To cease functioning, esp. by overuse.
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To be contemptible or very unsatisfying, as because of low quality.

This concert blows.

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To cause air to come from (a bellows, blower, etc.)
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To send out (breath, tobacco smoke, etc.) from the mouth.
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To force air onto, into, or through.
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To drive by blowing.

Dead leaves were blown by the wind.

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To cool, warm, dry, or soothe by blowing on or toward.
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To shape or form (glass, soap bubbles, etc.) by blown air or gas.
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To clean or clear by blowing through.

To blow one's nose.

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To cause to burst or break by an explosion.
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To cause (a horse) to pant.
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To lay or deposit eggs in.
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To melt (a fuse, etc.)
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To spend (money) freely or wastefully; squander.
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To treat (to something)
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To forget or fluff (one's lines) in a show.
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To go away from; leave.

He blew town.

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To bungle and fail in.

We had our chance and blew it.

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To damn.
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To inhale (cocaine, marijuana, etc.)
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To reveal or disclose, esp. so as to compromise.

They blew our cover.

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To cause (an engine, transmission, etc.) to cease functioning, esp. by overuse.
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The act of blowing.
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A blast of air.
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A strong wind; gale.
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A boast.
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A pause, as to catch one's breath or relax; breather.
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A hard hit or stroke with the fist, a weapon, etc.
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A sudden attack or forcible effort.
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Any sudden calamity or misfortune; shock.
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To blossom.
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A mass of blossoms.
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The state of flowering.
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To write code or data into a PROM chip by blowing the fuses of the 0 bits. The 1 bits are left alone.
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(now chiefly dialectal, Northern England) Blue.
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(intransitive) To produce an air current.
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To propel by an air current.

Blow the dust off that book and open it up.

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(intransitive) To be propelled by an air current.

The leaves blow through the streets in the fall.

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To create or shape by blowing; as in to blow bubbles, to blow glass.
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To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means.

To blow the fire.

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To clear of contents by forcing air through.

To blow an egg.

To blow one's nose.

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To cause to make sound by blowing, as a musical instrument.
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(intransitive) To make a sound as the result of being blown.

In the harbor, the ships' horns blew.

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(intransitive, of a cetacean) To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater which it has taken in while feeding.

There's nothing more thrilling to the whale watcher than to see a whale surface and blow.

There she blows! (i.e. "I see a whale spouting!")

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(intransitive) To explode.

Get away from that burning gas tank! It's about to blow!

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(with "up" or with prep phrase headed by "to") To cause to explode, shatter, or be utterly destroyed.

The demolition squad neatly blew the old hotel up.

The aerosol can was blown to bits.

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To cause sudden destruction of.

He blew the tires and the engine.

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(intransitive) To suddenly fail destructively.

He tried to sprint, but his ligaments blew and he was barely able to walk to the finish line.

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(intransitive, slang) To be very undesirable (see also suck).

This blows!

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(slang) To recklessly squander.

I managed to blow $1000 at blackjack in under an hour.

I blew $35 thou on a car.

We blew an opportunity to get benign corporate sponsorship.

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(vulgar) To fellate.

Who did you have to blow to get those backstage passes?

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To leave.

Let's blow this joint.

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To make flyblown, to defile, especially with fly eggs.
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Whiting.

His language does his knowledge blow.

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(intransitive) To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.
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To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue.

To blow a horse.

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A strong wind.

We're having a bit of a blow this afternoon.

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(informal) A chance to catch one’s breath.

The players were able to get a blow during the last timeout.

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(uncountable, US, slang) Cocaine.
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(uncountable, UK, slang) Cannabis.
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(uncountable, US Chicago Regional, slang) Heroin.
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The act of striking or hitting.

A fabricator is used to direct a sharp blow to the surface of the stone.

During an exchange to end round 13, Duran landed a blow to the midsection.

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A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.
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A further blow to the group came in 1917 when Thomson died while canoeing in Algonquin Park.

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To blossom; to cause to bloom or blossom.
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A mass or display of flowers; a yield.
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A display of anything brilliant or bright.
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A bloom, state of flowering.

Roses in full blow.

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blow a fuse
  • To explode with anger.
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blow hot and cold
  • To change one's opinion often on a matter; vacillate.
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blow off steam
  • To give vent to pent-up emotion.
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blow (one's) cool
  • To lose one's composure.
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blow (one's) mind
  • To affect with intense emotion, such as amazement, excitement, or shock.
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blow (one's) top
  • To lose one's temper.
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blow
  • To get a sudden, insurmountable lead in (an athletic contest).
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blow out of proportion
  • To make more of than is reasonable; exaggerate.
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blow smoke
  • To speak deceptively.
  • To brag or exaggerate.
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blow a kiss
  • To gesture affectionately to a person some distance away by puckering and smacking the lips or, esp., by kissing one's palm or fingers and then waving the hand in his or her direction.
    They blew kisses to their friends on shore.
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blow someone away
  • To kill by shooting.
  • To overcome with emotion, surprise, etc.
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blow dead
  • To suspend (a play) by signaling with a whistle.
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blow hot and cold
  • To be favorable toward something and then opposed to it; vacillate.
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blow in
  • To arrive.
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blow someone's mind
  • To astound, amaze, confuse, etc.
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blow off
  • To let steam or hot water out from (a boiler).
  • To give vent to one's feelings, as by loud or long talking.
  • To ignore, disregard, or reject.
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blow out
  • To put out (a fire or flame) by blowing.
  • To be put out in this way.
  • To dispel (itself) after a time.
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blow over
  • To move away, as rain clouds.
  • To pass over or by; be forgotten.
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blow one's stack
  • To lose one's temper; fly into a rage.
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blow up
  • To fill with or as with air or gas.
  • To burst or explode.
  • To arise and become more intense, as a storm.
  • To enlarge (a photograph).
  • To exaggerate (an incident, rumor, etc.).
  • To lose one's temper or poise.
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at a (or one) blow
  • By one action.
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come to blows
  • To begin fighting one another.
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Origin of blow

  • From Middle English blowen to bloom from Old English blōwan bhel-3 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English blowen from Old English blāwan bhlē- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English blaw
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English blowen, from Old English blāwan (“to blow, breathe, inflate, sound”), from Proto-Germanic *blēaną (“to blow”) (compare German blähen), from Proto-Indo-European *bhle- (“to swell, blow up”) (compare Latin flare (“to blow”), Old Armenian բեղուն (bełun, “fertile”), Albanian plas (“to blow, explode”)).
    From Wiktionary
  • From Middle English blo, bloo, from Old English blāw (“blue”), from Proto-Germanic *blēwaz (“blue, dark blue, grey, black”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlēw- (“yellow, blond, grey”). Cognate with Latin flavus (“yellow”). More at blue.
    From Wiktionary
  • Middle English blowen, from Old English blōwan, from Proto-Germanic *blōaną (compare Dutch bloeien, German blühen), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- 'to thrive, bloom' (compare Latin florēre 'to bloom').
    From Wiktionary
  • Middle English blowe, blaw, northern variant of blēwe, from Proto-Germanic *blewwaną 'to beat' (compare Old Norse blegði 'wedge', German bläuen, Middle Dutch blouwen). Related to block.
    From Wiktionary