[ bloh-bahy ]
/ ˈbloʊˌbaɪ /
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noun, plural blow-bies.Automotive.
leakage of the air-fuel mixture or of combustion gases between a piston and the cylinder wall into the crankcase of an automobile.
a device, fitted to a crankcase, for conducting such gases back to the cylinders for combustion.
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Origin of blow-by
First recorded in 1930–35; noun use of verb phrase blow by
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British Dictionary definitions for blow-by
the leakage of gas past the piston of an engine at maximum pressure
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