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Definition of blow verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    blow

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//bloʊ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blow
     
    he / she / it blows
     
    past simple blew
     
    past participle blown
     
    -ing form blowing
     
     
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    from mouth
  1. 1 [intransitive, transitive] to send out air from the mouth + adv./prep. You're not blowing hard enough! The policeman asked me to blow into the Breathalyzer. blow something + adv./prep. He inhaled from his cigarette and blew out a stream of smoke.
  2. of wind
  3. 2 [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) when the wind or a current of air blows, it is moving; when it blows, the wind is blowing A cold wind blew from the east. It was blowing hard. Gales of wind were blowing through the valley.
  4. move with wind/breath
  5. 3 [intransitive, transitive] to be moved by the wind, someone's breath, etc.; to move something in this way + adv./prep. My hat blew off. + adj. The door blew open. blow something + adv./prep. I was almost blown over by the wind. She blew the dust off the book. The ship was blown onto the rocks. The bomb blast blew two passersby across the street. blow something + adj. The wind blew the door shut.
  6. whistle/instrument
  7. 4[transitive, intransitive] blow (something) if you blow a whistle, musical instrument, etc. or if a whistle, etc. blows, you produce a sound by blowing into the whistle, etc. The referee blew his whistle. the sound of trumpets blowing
  8. your nose
  9. 5[transitive] blow your nose to clear your nose by blowing strongly through it into a tissue or handkerchief
  10. a kiss
  11. 6[transitive] blow (someone) a kiss to kiss your hand and then pretend to blow the kiss toward someone
  12. shape something
  13. 7[transitive] blow something to make or shape something by blowing to blow smoke rings to blow bubbles (= for example, by blowing onto a thin layer of water mixed with soap) to blow glass (= to send a current of air into melted glass to shape it)
  14. electricity
  15. 8[intransitive, transitive] blow (something) if a fuse (= a thin wire)blows, or you blow a fuse, the electricity stops flowing suddenly because the fuse has melted because the current was too strong
  16. tire
  17. 9[intransitive, transitive] blow (something) to break open or apart, especially because of pressure from inside; to make a tire break open or apart in this way The car spun out of control when a tire blew. The truck blew a tire and lurched off the road.
  18. with explosives
  19. 10[transitive] blow something to break something open with explosives The safe had been blown by the thieves.
  20. secret
  21. 11[transitive] blow something (informal) to make known something that was secret One mistake could blow your cover (= make your real name, job, intentions, etc. known). We're going to blow his operation wide open.
  22. money
  23. 12 [transitive] blow something (on something) (informal) to spend or waste a lot of money on something He inherited over a million dollars and blew it all on alcohol and gambling.
  24. opportunity
  25. 13[transitive] blow something (informal) to waste an opportunity She blew her chances by arriving late for the interview. You had your chance and you blew it.
  26. leave suddenly
  27. 14 [transitive, intransitive] blow (something) (slang) to leave a place suddenly Let's blow this joint.
  28. Idioms
    blow your/somebody's brains out (informal)
     
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    to kill yourself/someone by shooting yourself/them in the head
    blow chunks (slang)
     
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    to vomit
    blow/clear the cobwebs away
     
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    to help someone start something in a fresh, lively state of mind A brisk walk should blow the cobwebs away.
    blow/clear the cobwebs away
     
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    to help someone start something in a fresh, lively state of mind A brisk walk should blow the cobwebs away.
    blow a fuse (informal)
     
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    to get very angry
    blow hot and cold (about something) (informal)
     
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    to change your opinion about something often
    blow your mind (informal)
     
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    to produce a very strong pleasant or shocking feeling Wait till you hear this. It'll blow your mind. see also mind-blowing
      blow somebody/something out of the water (informal)
       
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    1. 1to destroy someone or something completely
    2. 2to show that someone or something is not good by being very much better than it/them A DVD music system plays disks that look like CDs, but blows them out of the water.
    blow/knock somebody's socks off (informal)
     
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    to surprise or impress someone very much
    blow/knock somebody's socks off (informal)
     
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    to surprise or impress someone very much
    blow your top/stack (informal)
     
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    to get very angry
    blow up in somebody's face
     
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    if a plan, etc. blows up in your face, it goes wrong in a way that causes you damage, embarrassment, etc.
    blow the whistle on somebody/something (informal)
     
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    to tell someone in authority about something wrong or illegal that someone is doing
    it's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good) (saying)
     
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    no problem is so bad that it does not bring some advantage to someone
    lift the lid on something, take/blow the lid off something
     
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    to tell people unpleasant or shocking facts about something Her article lifts the lid on child prostitution.
    puff and pant (informal puff and blow)
     
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    to breathe quickly and loudly through your mouth after physical effort Eventually, puffing and panting, he arrived at the gate.
    see which way the wind is blowing
     
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    to get an idea of what is likely to happen before doing something
    Phrasal Verbsblow somethingapartblow somebodyawayblow inblow itself outblow somebodyoffblow somethingoffblow outblow somebodyoutblow somethingoutblow overblow upblow somethingupblow up (at somebody)
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