Nearby words

  1. blouse,
  2. blouson,
  3. blousy,
  4. bloviate,
  5. bloviation,
  6. blow a fuse,
  7. blow away,
  8. blow by blow,
  9. blow down,
  10. blow fly

Idioms

Origin of blow

2
before 1000; Middle English blowen (v.), Old English blāwan; cognate with Latin flāre to blow

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British Dictionary definitions for blow away

blow away

verb (tr, adverb) slang, mainly US

to kill (someone) by shooting
to defeat decisively

blow

1

verb blows, blowing, blew or blown

(of a current of air, the wind, etc) to be or cause to be in motion
(intr) to move or be carried by or as if by wind or aira feather blew in through the window
to expel (air, cigarette smoke, etc) through the mouth or nose
to force or cause (air, dust, etc) to move (into, in, over, etc) by using an instrument or by expelling breath
(intr) to breathe hard; pant
(sometimes foll by up) to inflate with air or the breath
(intr) (of wind, a storm, etc) to make a roaring or whistling sound
to cause (a whistle, siren, etc) to sound by forcing air into it, as a signal, or (of a whistle, etc) to sound thus
(tr) to force air from the lungs through (the nose) to clear out mucus or obstructing matter
(often foll by up, down, in, etc) to explode, break, or disintegrate completelythe bridge blew down in the gale
electronics to burn out (a fuse, valve, etc) because of excessive current or (of a fuse, valve, etc) to burn out
blow a fuse slang to lose one's temper
(intr) (of a whale) to spout water or air from the lungs
(tr) to wind (a horse) by making it run excessively
to cause (a wind instrument) to sound by forcing one's breath into the mouthpiece, or (of such an instrument) to sound in this way
(intr) jazz slang to play in a jam session
(intr) (of flies) to lay eggs (in)
to shape (glass, ornaments, etc) by forcing air or gas through the material when molten
(intr) mainly Scot, Australian and NZ to boast or brag
(tr) slang
  1. to spend (money) freely
  2. USto treat or entertain
(tr) slang to use (an opportunity) ineffectively
slang to go suddenly away (from)
(tr) slang to expose or betray (a person or thing meant to be kept secret)
(tr) US slang to inhale (a drug)
(intr) slang to masturbate
past participle blowed informal another word for damn I'll be blowed; blow it!
draughts another word for huff (def. 4)
blow hot and cold to vacillate
blow a kiss or blow kisses to kiss one's hand, then blow across it as if to carry the kiss through the air to another person
blow one's own trumpet to boast of one's own skills or good qualities
blow someone's mind slang
  1. (of a drug, esp LSD) to alter someone's mental state
  2. esp US and Canadianto astound or surprise someone
blow one's top, esp US and Canadian blow one's stack or blow one's lid informal to lose one's temper

noun

the act or an instance of blowing
the sound produced by blowing
a blast of air or wind
metallurgy
  1. a stage in the Bessemer process in which air is blasted upwards through molten pig iron
  2. the quantity of metal treated in a Bessemer converter
mining
  1. a rush of air into a mine
  2. the collapse of a mine roof
jazz slang a jam session
  1. British a slang name for cannabis (def. 2)
  2. US a slang name for cocaine

Word Origin for blow

Old English blāwan, related to Old Norse blǣr gust of wind, Old High German blāen, Latin flāre

blow

2

noun

a powerful or heavy stroke with the fist, a weapon, etc
at one blow or at a blow by or with only one action; all at one time
a sudden setback; unfortunate eventto come as a blow
come to blows
  1. to fight
  2. to result in a fight
an attacking actiona blow for freedom
Australian and NZ a stroke of the shears in sheep-shearing

Word Origin for blow

C15: probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German bliuwan to beat

blow

3

verb blows, blowing, blew or blown

(intr) (of a plant or flower) to blossom or open out
(tr) to produce (flowers)

noun

a mass of blossoms
the state or period of blossoming (esp in the phrase in full blow)

Word Origin for blow

Old English blōwan; related to Old Frisian blōia to bloom, Old High German bluoen, Latin flōs flower; see bloom 1

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Word Origin and History for blow away
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Idioms and Phrases with blow away

blow away

1

Kill, especially by gunshot or explosion. For example, The unit reported that the whole village was blown away. This usage became particularly widespread in the 1960s, during the Vietnam War. [Slang; early 1990s]

2

Overcome easily; defeat decisively. For example, Ann said the test would be easy; she would just blow it away, or Jim was sure his crew could blow away their opponents. [Slang; 1960s] Also see blow off, def. 5.

3

Impress greatly, overwhelm with surprise, delight, or shock, as in That music really blew me away. [Slang; c. 1970] Also see blow one's mind.

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

also see:

  • at one stroke (blow)
  • body blow
  • come to blows
  • keep (blow) one's cool
  • low blow
  • way the wind blows
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