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[bloh-out] /ˈbloʊˌaʊt/
a sudden bursting or rupture of an automobile tire.
a sudden or violent escape of air, steam, or the like.
a hollow formed in a region of shifting sands or light soil by the action of the wind.
an uncontrollable escape of oil, gas, or water from a well.
Aeronautics. flame-out.
Slang. a lavish party or entertainment.
Origin of blowout
First recorded in 1815-25; noun use of verb phrase blow out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sometimes these dunes are called U-shaped, blowout, or hairpin dunes, and they are well known in coastal deserts.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
  • This was to be a proper full 'blowout' with 'fizz' and port!

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • Through a long hour and a half the train was held back by the sand of what Jerry heard was a "blowout."

    The Reclaimers Margaret Hill McCarter
  • This is the only scout outfit I know of, one of them said; we had a blowout.

    Roy Blakeley's Silver Fox Patrol Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • "A blowout is never satisfied until it has swallowed all the land in the landscape," York explained.

    The Reclaimers Margaret Hill McCarter
Slang definitions & phrases for blowout



  1. A noisy, festive occasion; shindig, wingding (1820s+)
  2. An explosive rupture of a car tire (1900s+)
  3. A massive defeat; laugher (1980s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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