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Definition for blow (2 of 3)
verb (used without object), blew, blown, blow·ing.
verb (used with object), blew, blown, blow·ing.
- to spend money on.
- to squander; spend quickly: He blew a fortune on racing cars.
- to waste; lose: The team blew the lead by making a bad play.
- a blast of air forced through a converter, as in the production of steel or copper.
- the stage of the production process during which this blast is used.
- to kill, especially by gunfire: The gang threatened to blow away anyone who talked to the police.
- to defeat decisively; trounce: She blew her opponent away in three straight sets.
- to overwhelm with emotion, astonishment, etc.: Good poetry just blows me away.
- Slang. to arrive at a place, especially unexpectedly: My uncle just blew in from Sacramento.
- Metallurgy. to begin operations in (a blast furnace).
- to allow steam to be released.
- Informal. to reduce or release tension, as by loud talking.
- Informal. to ignore, evade, or treat as unimportant: I mentioned his insulting remark, and he just blew the whole thing off.
- Informal. to not go to or participate in: He blew off his first-period class three times that week.
- Informal. to fail to meet (someone) as planned without alerting the person beforehand: I waited 20 minutes before I realized my sister had blown me off.
- Informal. to end a romantic or other relationship with: He blew me off after our third date.
- to become extinguished: The candles blew out at once.
- to lose force or cease: The storm has blown itself out.
- (of an oil or gas well) to lose oil or gas uncontrollably.
- Metallurgy. to blow down and clean (a blast furnace) in order to shut down.
- to pass away; subside: The storm blew over in five minutes.
- to be forgotten: The scandal will eventually blow over.
- to come into being: A storm suddenly blew up.
- to explode: The ship blew up.
- to cause to explode: to blow up a bridge.
- to exaggerate; enlarge: He blew up his own role in his account of the project.
- Informal. to lose one's temper: When he heard she had quit school, he blew up.
- to fill with air; inflate: to blow up a tire.
- Slang. to surge in interest or popularity, or suddenly achieve great success: She’s a big celebrity now—her YouTube channel is blowing up.
- Slang. (of a story, image, etc.) to dominate (the media) or be spread rapidly or widely on (the internet or a website): The scandal has been blowing up the national news reports. His offensive comments blew up Twitter.
- Slang. to repeatedly call or send a high volume of continuous text messages or emails to (a digital account): This girl was blowing up my phone with her annoying texts.
- Slang. to have a surge in text messages, emails, phone calls, etc.: My inbox blew up right after I posted the photo. Her phone was blowing up with concerned calls from family and friends.
- Photography. to make an enlarged reproduction of.
- Mathematics. (of a function) to become infinite.
Origin of blow2
Definition for blow (3 of 3)
verb (used with or without object), blew, blown, blow·ing.
Origin of blow3
What is a basic definition of blow?
Blow describes the motion of the air or wind or to move with help from air or wind. Blow also refers to a sudden, impactful hit or strike. Blow has many other senses as a verb, a noun, and a slang term.
When wind or air blows, it moves. When you are outside on a windy day, you can feel the air blow against you or see evidence of it blowing as trees wave or leaves fly through the air.
- Used in a sentence: Warm air blew across Kentucky this morning.
To blow also describes something that is moving with the assistance of air or wind. Usually, this sense of blow is followed by a term that specifically describes how something moved.
- Real-life examples: On a windy day, leaves may blow across the yard, your hair may blow into your face, and loose papers may blow around.
- Used in a sentence: We could see dark clouds blowing toward us.
A blow is a sudden, hard hit.
- Used in a sentence: Frank collapsed after taking a blow to the leg from the runaway bicycle.
In a related sense, blow refers to figurative damage caused by a disaster, tragedy, or other negative event.
- Used in a sentence: Losing the fight was a huge blow to my confidence.
Where does blow come from?
The first records of blow come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from the Old English verb blāwan, meaning “to blow,” as in the movement of the wind.
The first records of blow to mean “a sudden strike” come from around 1425. It comes from the late Middle English blaw. It is related to the Gothic word bliggwan, meaning “to beat.”
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How is blow used in real life?
Blow is a very common word that often refers to the movement of wind or means to move with help from air or wind.
Gusty outflow winds will blow across the North valley. Anthem, North Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek expect gusts to 40-50 mph range.
— Chris Dunn (@ArizonaWeather) August 17, 2010
Just passed a guy raking his leaves to the curb, as the wind blew half of them back in his face. A futile effort, but his #Browns hoodie proves he’s clearly comfortable with that concept.
— Alan Cox (@alancoxshow) November 19, 2017
Bijiek again leaves the game. He appears to be in discomfort. He possibly took a blow to the chest.
— Dan Holm (@danmholm) December 3, 2016
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The word blow is often used to refer to the movement of water.
Example sentences from the Web for blow
In turn, that has served as a major blow to the women selling khat, says Sahra Ahmed Koshin, a doctoral candidate at the University of Copenhagen studying the Somali diaspora who has tracked the lives of several female khat dealers.How the Pandemic Is Saving Lives in the Horn of Africa|Eromo Egbejule|September 3, 2020|Ozy
As a teenager, he had a glancing blow of viral attention when he auditioned for America’s Got Talent, but it was TikTok that provided sustained views and attention.TikTok made him famous. Now he’s imagining a world without it|Abby Ohlheiser|August 14, 2020|MIT Technology Review
“It’s like a boxer in the ring taking a lot of punches and you’re just waiting for the knockout blow,” said independent media analyst Alex De Groote.
However, the distinguishing feature of the Boeotian pertained to its sloping metal rim that extended at the rear to protect the neck while also slightly projecting downwards at the front to deflect blows.
At the same time, the effective modifications allowed for adequate protection from incoming blows.
This is a blow against freedom of speech, we were told, by the likes of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Liberal Democrats like to blow their bugles about how all the big money in politics comes from rich Republicans.
On Friday, the story had looked like it might blow over as Buckingham Palace sought to dismiss it as a “civil case.”Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It took a blow to the head from Clark and the assistance of three deputies to subdue her.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And he was indicted in Israel last week on charges he plotted to blow up sites holy to Islam.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist|Creede Newton|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I expected a blow for that, and tried to look as though I did not, being extremely anxious to return it with effect.Some Persons Unknown|E. W. Hornung
You were willing to blow up this headquarters and everybody, yourself included, in it, to keep us from getting at Merlin.The Cosmic Computer|Henry Beam Piper
What a blow this was to all her rising hopes, founded on the fact of his having shown anxiety to find them out.Flora Adair, Vol. 1 (of 2)|A. M. Donelan
Loosing his hold upon Esther, he swiftly shifted his weapon to his other hand and brought down a blow on the boy's back.A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays|Amy E. Blanchard
The knife was uplifted as the mate felt the grip of the man upon his collar, but the blow was not struck.Ralph Granger's Fortunes|William Perry Brown
British Dictionary definitions for blow (1 of 3)
verb blows, blowing, blew or blown
- to spend (money) freely
- US to treat or entertain
- (of a drug, esp LSD) to alter someone's mental state
- esp US and Canadian to astound or surprise someone
- a stage in the Bessemer process in which air is blasted upwards through molten pig iron
- the quantity of metal treated in a Bessemer converter
- a rush of air into a mine
- the collapse of a mine roof
Word Origin for blow
British Dictionary definitions for blow (2 of 3)
- to fight
- to result in a fight
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British Dictionary definitions for blow (3 of 3)
verb blows, blowing, blew or blown
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Idioms and Phrases with blow
In addition to the idioms beginning with blow
- blow a fuse
- blow away
- blow by blow
- blow hot and cold
- blow in
- blow it
- blow off
- blow off steam
- blow one's brains out
- blow one's cool
- blow one's cover
- blow one's mind
- blow one's own horn
- blow one's top
- blow out
- blow over
- blow sky-high
- blow someone to
- blow the lid off
- blow the whistle on
- blow up
- at one stroke (blow)
- body blow
- come to blows
- keep (blow) one's cool
- low blow
- way the wind blows