[ bloh-awf, -of ]
/ ˈbloʊˌɔf, -ˌɒf /


a current of escaping surplus steam, water, etc.: The safety valve released a violent blowoff from the furnace.
a device that permits and channels such a current.
Slang. a person who brags or boasts; a blow-hard.
a temporary, sudden surge, as in prices: The Federal Reserve Board's credit tightening could cause a blowoff in interest rates.



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Origin of blowoff

First recorded in 1830–40; noun use of verb phrase blow off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for blowoff

blow off

verb (adverb)

to permit (a gas under pressure, esp steam) to be released
(intr) British slang to emit wind noisily from the anus
(tr) informal to reject or jilt (someone)
blow off steam See steam (def. 6)

noun blow-off

a discharge of a surplus fluid, such as steam, under pressure
a device through which such a discharge is made
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Idioms and Phrases with blowoff

blow off


Vent one's strong feelings; see blow off steam.


Disregard, ignore; evade something important. For example, If you blow off your homework, you're bound to run into trouble on the exam. [Slang; second half of 1900s]


Overcome, defeat easily, as in With Rob pitching, we'll have no trouble blowing off the opposing team. [Slang; 1950s] Also see blow away, def. 2.


Ignore, abandon, refuse to take part. For example, The college is blowing off our request for a new student center. [Slang; mid-1900s]

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