- an explosion.
- a violent argument, outburst of temper, or the like, especially one resulting in estrangement.
- Also blow-up. an enlargement of a photograph.
Origin of blowup
First recorded in 1800–10; noun use of verb phrase blow up
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Examples from the Web for blowup
Howard Kurtz on how she may have defused the Beijing blowup.Has Hillary Clinton Salvaged Deal to Bring Chen to U.S. Temporarily?
May 4, 2012
A blowup over a newly minted third party in Florida has become the latest to draw their ire.The Tea Party Conspiracy Theory
June 23, 2010
For her part, Esters says she hasn't heard from Oprah since the blowup started.Oprah's Cousin Bashes Book
April 22, 2010
Said I owed the company plenty for the damage done by the blowup.Alarm Clock
Everett B. Cole
They had a blowup last night, it seems, and she has stabbed him.The Story of Charles Strange Vol. 1 (of 3)
Mrs. Henry Wood
There could be a blowup that would throw Hub politics back into the kind of snarl they haven't been in for a hundred years.Legacy
James H Schmitz
Before the blowup on Earth, the galactics had made occasional landings to gather animals and seeds of food plants.The Ethical Way
Actually we had the answer to protection during the Crazy Years before the blowup when everybody talked peace and built missiles.Noble Redman
Jesse Franklin Bone