- (of a picture, photograph, image, etc.) enlarged.
- damaged or destroyed by demolition, explosion, etc.: blown-up bridges.
- (of a ball, balloon, etc.) inflated.
- overexpanded; unduly large: a blown-up sense of importance.
Origin of blown-up
First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for blown-up
On either side of Bratton and the other officials were two blown-up photos set upon easels.The 9/11 Scam: New York’s Disability Disgrace
January 8, 2014
I noticed a blown-up black-and-white photograph on the wall beside where we were sitting.At the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a Steady Drip of Toxic Trouble
February 24, 2013
She pointed proudly to a blown-up photo of 41 and 43 on the wall as she asked me to sit down.How I Got Interrogated by the Bushies
January 15, 2009
Blown-up rock looks like blown-up rock, and that's all there is to it.The Risk Profession
Donald Edwin Westlake
All his blown-up grandeur collapses, and he shrinks to his true stature.Our Part in the Great War
Though he knew no fear, his nerves were taut as a blown-up balloon.Swamp Cat
James Arthur Kjelgaard
His so often blown-up and collapsed heart could hardly soar to love; but friendship it had not yet squandered away.Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)
Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
If you take a blown-up bladder under water and let go of it, it will fly up to the surface of the water and will swim on it.