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Origin of blowup
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Example sentences from the Web for blowup
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.
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
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
Said I owed the company plenty for the damage done by the blowup.Alarm Clock|Everett B. Cole
Before the blowup on Earth, the galactics had made occasional landings to gather animals and seeds of food plants.The Ethical Way|Joseph Farrell
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
British Dictionary definitions for blowup
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]