- 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.
Origin of blowoff
First recorded in 1830–40; noun use of verb phrase blow off
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Related Wordsreaction, result, issue, event, conclusion, fallout, squabble, flap, tiff, ruckus, disagreement, hassle, altercation, fracas, brawl, brouhaha, falling-out, quarrel, bickering, denouement
Examples from the Web for blowoff
So far as I can tell, they're the weakest point, so if the mountain lets go, that is where the blowoff will come.The Flaming Mountain
Harold Leland Goodwin