Origin of blowup
Words nearby blowup
How to use blowup in a sentence
The sepia blowups of crab fisherman, outside and in, are especially arresting.
At first, scarred by the online harassment she endured after the Tinder blowup, Wolfe Herd wanted to make an app where women could give each other compliments.How Whitney Wolfe Herd Turned a Vision of a Better Internet Into a Billion-Dollar Brand|Charlotte Alter/Austin|March 19, 2021|Time
Howard Kurtz on how she may have defused the Beijing blowup.Has Hillary Clinton Salvaged Deal to Bring Chen to U.S. Temporarily?|Howard Kurtz|May 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A blowup over a newly minted third party in Florida has become the latest to draw their ire.
For her part, Esters says she hasn't heard from Oprah since the blowup started.
Before the blowup on Earth, the galactics had made occasional landings to gather animals and seeds of food plants.The Ethical Way|Joseph Farrell
Actually we had the answer to protection during the Crazy Years before the blowup when everybody talked peace and built missiles.Noble Redman|Jesse Franklin Bone
Baker unrolled the first of his exhibits, a large photographic blowup.The Great Gray Plague|Raymond F. Jones
There could be a blowup that would throw Hub politics back into the kind of snarl they haven't been in for a hundred years.Legacy|James H Schmitz
They had a blowup last night, it seems, and she has stabbed him.The Story of Charles Strange Vol. 1 (of 3)|Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for blowup
Other Idioms and Phrases with blowup
Explode or cause to explode. For example, The squadron was told to blow up the bridge, or Jim was afraid his experiment would blow up the lab. The term is sometimes amplified, as in blow up in one's face. [Late 1500s]
Lose one's temper, as in I'm sorry I blew up at you. Mark Twain used this metaphor for an actual explosion in one of his letters (1871): “Redpath tells me to blow up. Here goes!” [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
Inflate, fill with air, as in If you don't blow up those tires you're sure to have a flat. [Early 1400s]
Enlarge, especially a photograph, as in If we blow up this picture, you'll be able to make out the expressions on their faces. [c. 1930]
Exaggerate the importance of something or someone, as in Tom has a tendency to blow up his own role in the affair. This term applies the “inflate” of def. 3 to importance. It was used in this sense in England from the early 1500s to the 1700s, but then became obsolete there although it remains current in America.
Collapse, fail, as in Graduate-student marriages often blow up soon after the couple earn their degrees. [Slang; mid-1800s]