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blowout

[ bloh-out ]
/ ˈbloʊˌaʊt /
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noun

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Origin of blowout

First recorded in 1815–25; noun use of verb phrase blow out
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British Dictionary definitions for blowout

blow out

verb (adverb)

noun blowout

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Idioms and Phrases with blowout

blow out

1

Extinguish, especially a flame. For example, The wind blew out the candles very quickly. [1300s]

2

Lose force or cease entirely, as in The storm will soon blow itself out and move out to sea. Also see blow over.

3

Burst or rupture suddenly, as in This tire is about to blow out. This usage alludes to the escape of air under pressure. [Early 1900s]

4

Also, blow out of the water. Defeat decisively, as in With a great new product and excellent publicity, we could blow the competition out of the water. This term originally was used in mid-19th-century naval warfare, where it meant to blast or shoot another vessel to pieces. It later was transferred to athletic and other kinds of defeat. [Slang; mid-1900s]

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