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[bloh-uhp] /ˈbloʊˌʌp/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

  • 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 Joseph Farrell
  • 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
Slang definitions & phrases for blowup



  1. A fit of anger (1800s+)
  2. A quarrel; violent rift between persons (1800s+)
  3. A photographic or other enlargement: He already has a blowup of your proverb on a wall of his breakfast room (1930s+)
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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