/bloʊ / (say bloh)

1. a sudden stroke with hand, fist, or weapon.
2. a sudden shock, or a calamity or reverse.
3. a sudden attack or drastic action.
4. a stroke of the shears made in shearing a sheep.
5. an outcrop of discoloured quartz-rich rock, sometimes thought to indicate mineral deposits below.
6. at one blow, with a single act.
7. come to blows, to start to fight.
8. strike a blow, to begin or resume work.
{northern Middle English blaw; origin uncertain}
[c]/bloʊ / (say bloh)

verb (blew /blu / (say blooh), blown, blowing)
verb (i)
1. (of the wind or air) to be in motion.
2. to move along, carried by or as by the wind: the dust was blowing.
3. to produce or emit a current of air, as with the mouth, a bellows, etc.: blow on your hands.
4. Jazz
a. (of a horn, trumpet, etc.) to give out sound.
b. Colloquial to play an instrument or sing, especially to improvise.
5. to make a blowing sound; whistle.
6. to breathe hard or quickly; pant.
7. Colloquial to boast; brag.
8. Colloquial to depart.
9. Zoology (of a whale) to spout.
10. (of a fuse, gasket, light bulb, radio valve, etc.) to burn out or perish; become unusable.
11. Colloquial (taboo) (usually of a man) to experience orgasm.
12. Also, blow out. Horseracing Colloquial (of odds on a horse offered by bookmakers) to lengthen.
verb (t)
13. to drive by means of a current of air.
14. to spread by report.
15. to divulge (a secret).
16. to drive a current of air upon.
17. to clear or empty by forcing air through.
18. to shape (glass, etc.) with a current of air.
19. to cause to sound, especially by a current of air.
20. to destroy by explosion: to blow the bridge.
21. to put (a horse) out of breath by fatigue.
22. to register (a level of blood alcohol concentration) by breathing into a breathalyser or the like: she blew .25.
23. Colloquial to waste; squander: to blow one's money.
24. Colloquial to exceed the spending limits of (a budget).
25. Colloquial to fail in: to blow an exam.
26. Colloquial (taboo) to perform fellatio on.
a. a storm with a high wind.
b. a high wind.
a. the act of producing a blast of air, as in playing a wind instrument.
b. a musical performance, usually with other musicians, and often improvised; gig; jam.
29. Metallurgy
a. the blast of air used in making steel in a converter.
b. the time during which, or that part of a process in which, it is used.
30. Colloquial a walk in the fresh air; airing.
31. Colloquial a boasting or bragging.
32. Colloquial a rest: we'll have a blow now.
33. Colloquial (an expression of frustration): Blow! I've missed the train.
34. blow away, Colloquial
a. to kill by shooting.
b. to amaze, usually with delight: that concert really blew me away.
35. blow hot and cold, to change attitudes frequently; vacillate. {Phrase Origin: from Aesop's fable about a satyr who, after watching a man blow on his hands to warm them and then blow on his soup to cool it, decided to have nothing to do with someone who could blow hot and cold with the same breath}
36. blow in, Colloquial to make an unexpected visit; drop in; call.
37. blow it, Colloquial (an exclamation of frustration, dissatisfaction, etc.)
38. blow me (down), Colloquial (an exclamation indicating astonishment, wonder, etc.): *blow me if I didn't go to sleep. –norman lindsay, 1938.
39. blow off,
a. to remove, carried by or as by a current of air: the steam blew the lid off.
b. to allow (a gas under pressure) to escape.
c. to allow gas under pressure to escape.
d. Colloquial to fart noisily.
e. Obsolete Colloquial to express one's anger, frustration, etc.
40. blow one's mind, Colloquial to achieve a state of euphoria, especially with drugs: I blew my mind on LSD.
41. blow one's own trumpet (or horn), to praise oneself. {Phrase Origin: ? from medieval times when heralds blew trumpets or horns to announce the arrival of royalty, with the notion that if respectful attention was not forthcoming, then it would be necessary to blow the trumpet oneself}
42. blow one's stack, Colloquial to lose one's temper. {Phrase Origin: from the notion of clearing a stack (chimney) by blowing air through it.}
43. blow one's top, Colloquial to lose one's temper.
44. blow out,
a. to be extinguished, as by the wind: the candle blew out.
b. (of a tyre) to burst, especially as a result of the high speed of the vehicle.
c. (of an oil or gas well) to lose oil or gas suddenly in a way that is not controlled.
d. (of a budget) to exceed the spending limits set: the budget has blown out by a million dollars.
e. Also, blow. Horseracing Colloquial (of odds on a horse offered by bookmakers) to lengthen.
f. to extinguish (a flame, etc.) with a puff of air.
g. to renege on; fail to keep to (an arrangement, rendezvous, etc.).
45. blow out of the water, Colloquial to destroy or negate utterly: *This government's refusal to move beyond the `sorry' debate was blown out of the water on Sunday. –federal hansard, 2000.
46. blow over,
a. (of a storm, etc.) to cease; subside.
b. to be forgotten: *I think Mum had hoped it would all blow over and I'd get interested in someone else. –sally morgan, 1987.
47. blow someone's head off, Colloquial
a. to shoot someone through the head.
b. to speak very angrily to someone.
48. blow someone's mind, Colloquial to amaze or delight someone: this film will blow your mind.
49. blow the whistle on, Colloquial to inform upon; report to authority. {Phrase Origin: 1930s British slang; ? from the use of whistles by police officers on the beat to signal to other officers, or from the blowing of a whistle by a referee in some sports}
50. blow through, Colloquial to depart, especially to evade a responsibility.
51. blow to bits (or smithereens), to cause to explode into small fragments.
52. blow up,
a. to come into being: a storm blew up.
b. to explode: the ship blew up.
c. Sport to halt play for an infringement by blowing on a whistle.
d. to cause to explode.
e. to cause to inflate: to blow up balloons.
f. Colloquial to scold or abuse (someone): *He blew up the squatters in a general way for taking all the country, and not giving the poor man a chance –rolf boldrewood, 1889.
g. Photography to reproduce by enlargement.
53. blow wide open, to make a matter for general discussion, public scrutiny, etc., as via media reporting.
54. blow you (or him, her, etc.), Colloquial
a. (an expression of dissatisfaction with someone.)
b. (an expression indicating an intention to disregard someone.)
{Middle English blowe(n), Old English blāwan}
[c]/bloʊ / (say bloh)

verb (blew /blu / (say blooh), blown, blowing)
verb (i)
1. to blossom; bloom; flower.
verb (t)
2. to produce (flowers).
3. a yield or display of blossoms.
4. the state of blossoming.
{Middle English blowen, Old English blōwan}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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