an explosion.
a violent argument, outburst of temper, or the like, especially one resulting in estrangement.
Also blow-up. an enlargement of a photograph.

Origin of blowup

First recorded in 1800–10; noun use of verb phrase blow up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Said I owed the company plenty for the damage done by the blowup.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole

  • They had a blowup last night, it seems, and she has stabbed him.

  • 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.


    James H Schmitz

  • 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