[ bloh-bahy-bloh ]
/ ˈbloʊˌbaɪˈbloʊ /


precisely detailed; describing every minute detail and step: a blow-by-blow account of the tennis match; a blow-by-blow report on the wedding ceremony.


a blow-by-blow account.

Origin of blow-by-blow

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for blow by blow



(prenominal) explained in great detaila blow-by-blow account of the argument
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Idioms and Phrases with blow by blow

blow by blow

Described in minute detail, as in Tell me about last night's party, blow by blow. This term originated in radio broadcasts during the 1930s, in which the sportscaster gave a detailed account of each punch struck in a boxing match. It soon was transferred to a detailed account of anything at all.

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