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



    BrE BrE//bləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bloʊ//
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  1. 1  a hard hit with the hand, a weapon, etc. She received a severe blow on the head. He was knocked out by a single blow to the head. The two men were exchanging blows. He landed a blow on Hill's nose.
  2. 2  blow (to somebody/something) a sudden event which has damaging effects on somebody/something, causing sadness or disappointment Losing his job came as a terrible blow to him. It was a shattering blow to her pride. The new cuts will be seen as a crippling blow for people on low incomes. The recent bomb attacks are a serious blow for the peace process. see also body blow
  3. 3  the action of blowing Give your nose a good blow (= clear it completely). Try to put the candles out in one blow. I’ll give three blows on the whistle as a signal.
  4. Word Originnoun late Middle English: of unknown origin.Extra examples Give your nose a blow. He felt a stinging blow across the side of his face. He killed the man with a single blow of his cricket bat. He rained heavy blows on the old woman. He suffered a severe blow to the head. Her decision to leave home was a terrible blow to her parents. His defeat dealt a crushing blow to the party. It was the gardener who delivered the fatal blow. Jack caught him a glancing blow on the jaw. She aimed a blow at Lucy. She landed a nasty blow on his nose. The blow came at a meeting on Saturday. The blow knocked him to the ground. The blow landed on my right shoulder. The boys exchanged blows with the police. The children came to blows over the new toy. The force of the blow knocked him out. The man went down in a hail of blows. The news came as a bitter blow to the staff. a blow to the victim’s chest a mortal blow to British industry a nasty blow on the head to soften the blow of tax increases two blows of the axe Can you stay with Cathy tonight? She’s had a bit of a blow. Try to put the candles out on one blow.Idioms
    a blow-by-blow account, description, etc. (of something)
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    (informal) a description of an event which gives you all the details in the order in which they happen He insisted on giving us a blow-by-blow account of what had happened.
    come to blows (over something)
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    to start fighting because of something We almost came to blows over what colour the new carpet should be.
      deal somebody/something a blow, deal a blow to somebody/something (formal)
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    1. 1to be very shocking or harmful to somebody/something Her sudden death dealt a blow to the whole country.
    2. 2to hit somebody/something
    soften/cushion the blow
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    to make something that is unpleasant seem less unpleasant and easier to accept
    strike a blow for/against/at something
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    to do something in support of/against a belief, principle, etc. He felt that they had struck a blow for democracy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: blow