Definition of blow verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bloʊ//
    In sense 14 blowed
    BrE BrE//bləʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bloʊd//
    is used for the past participle.
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blow
    BrE BrE//bləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bloʊ//
    he / she / it blows
    BrE BrE//bləʊz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bloʊz//
    past simple blew
    BrE BrE//bluː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bluː//
    past participle blown
    BrE BrE//bləʊn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bloʊn//
    -ing form blowing
    BrE BrE//ˈbləʊɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbloʊɪŋ//
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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 breathalyser. blow something + adv./prep. He drew on his cigarette and blew out a stream of smoke.
  2. of wind
  3. 2  [intransitive, transitive] (+ 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. It was blowing a gale (= there was a strong wind). See related entries: Wind
  4. move with wind/breath
  5. 3  [intransitive, transitive] to be moved by the wind, somebody’s breath, etc.; to move something in this way + adv./prep. My hat blew off. + adj. The door blew open. blow somebody/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 passers-by 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 (somebody) a kiss to kiss your hand and then pretend to blow the kiss towards somebody
  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 blows or you blow a fuse, the electricity stops flowing suddenly because the fuse (= a thin wire) has melted because the current was too strong See related entries: Electronics
  16. tyre
  17. 9[intransitive, transitive] to break open or apart, especially because of pressure from inside; to make a tyre break in this way The car spun out of control when a tyre blew. The truck blew a tyre 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 drink 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. exclamation
  27. 14[transitive] blow somebody/something (British English, informal) used to show that you are annoyed, surprised or do not care about something Blow it! We've missed the bus. Well, blow me down! I never thought I'd see you again. I'm blowed if I'm going to (= I certainly will not) let him treat you like that. Let's take a taxi and blow (= never mind) the expense.
  28. leave suddenly
  29. 15[transitive, intransitive] blow (something) (North American English, slang) to leave a place suddenly Let's blow this joint.
  30. Word Originverb Old English blāwan, of Germanic origin; related to German blähen ‘blow up, swell’, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin flare ‘blow’.Extra examples It’s blowing a gale out there! They won’t commit themselves until they see which way the wind is blowing. a gale blowing from the west The sound of trumpets blowing grew louder. You’re not blowing hard enough!Idioms
    blow your/somebody’s brains out
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    to kill yourself/somebody by shooting yourself/them in the head
    (North American English, slang) to vomit
    blow/clear the cobwebs away
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    to help somebody start something in a fresh, lively state of mind A brisk walk should blow the cobwebs away.
    (informal) to get very angry See related entries: Anger
    blow the gaff (on somebody/something)
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    (British English, informal) to tell something secret, especially by mistake
    blow hot and cold (about something)
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    (informal) to change your opinion about something often
    (informal) 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 somebody/something completely
    2. 2to show that somebody/something is not good by being very much better than it/them I like my old phone, but this new model blows it out of the water.
    blow your own trumpet (especially British English) (usually North American English blow/toot your own horn)
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    (informal) to praise your own abilities and achievements synonym boast This phrase refers to the custom of announcing important guests by blowing a horn.
    blow smoke (up somebody’s ass)
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    (taboo, North American English, slang) to try to trick somebody or lie to somebody, particularly by saying something is better than it really is
    blow/knock somebody’s socks off
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    (informal) to surprise or impress somebody very much See related entries: Surprise
    blow/sod that for a lark
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    (British English, slang) used by somebody who does not want to do something because it involves too much effort Sod that for a lark! I'm not doing any more tonight.
    blow somebody/something to kingdom come
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    (informal) to completely destroy somebody/something with an explosion The truck was blown to kingdom come.
    blow your top (North American English also blow your stack)
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    (informal) 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
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    (informal) to tell somebody in authority about something wrong or illegal that somebody is doing
    it’s an ill wind (that blows nobody any good)
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    (saying) no problem is so bad that it does not bring some advantage to somebody
    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 (also puff and blow informal)
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    to breathe quickly and loudly through your mouth after physical effort Eventually, puffing and panting, he arrived at the gate. More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
    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 offblow somebodyoffblow somethingoffblow outblow somebodyoutblow somethingoutblow overblow upblow somethingupblow up (at somebody)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: blow