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At a blow

  • suddenly; at one effort; by a single vigorous act. "They lose a province at a blow." Dryden.
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blow a fuse

  • verb get very angry and fly into a rage
    hit the roof; flip one's lid; have kittens; fly off the handle; go ballistic; flip one's wig; hit the ceiling; throw a fit; blow one's stack; lose one's temper; combust; blow a fuse; have a fit.
    • The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question
    • Spam makes me go ballistic
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blow drier

  • noun a hand-held electric blower that can blow warm air onto the hair; used for styling hair
    hair dryer; hair drier; hand blower; blow drier.
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blow dryer

  • noun a hand-held electric blower that can blow warm air onto the hair; used for styling hair
    hair dryer; hair drier; hand blower; blow drier.
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blow fly

  • noun large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds
    blowfly.
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blow gas

  • noun the gas leaving a generator during a blow period
    blow gas.
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blow off

  • verb come off due to an explosion or other strong force
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blow one's stack

  • verb get very angry and fly into a rage
    hit the roof; flip one's lid; have kittens; fly off the handle; go ballistic; flip one's wig; hit the ceiling; throw a fit; blow one's stack; lose one's temper; combust; blow a fuse; have a fit.
    • The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question
    • Spam makes me go ballistic
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blow out

  • verb melt, break, or become otherwise unusable
    blow; burn out.
    • The lightbulbs blew out
    • The fuse blew
  • verb put out, as of fires, flames, or lights
    snuff out; extinguish; quench.
    • Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained
    • quench the flames
    • snuff out the candles
  • verb erupt in an uncontrolled manner
    • The oil well blew out
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blow out of the water

  • verb surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off
    take aback; shock; ball over; floor.
    • I was floored when I heard that I was promoted
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blow over

  • verb disappear gradually
    fade; pass; evanesce; fleet; pass off.
    • The pain eventually passed off
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blow tube

  • noun a tube that directs air or gas into a flame to concentrate heat
    blowpipe; blowtube.
  • noun a tube through which darts can be shot by blowing
    blowpipe; blowtube; blowgun.
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blow up

  • verb cause to burst with a violent release of energy
    explode; detonate; set off.
    • We exploded the nuclear bomb
  • verb make large
    enlarge; magnify.
    • blow up an image
  • verb get very angry and fly into a rage
    hit the roof; flip one's lid; have kittens; fly off the handle; go ballistic; flip one's wig; hit the ceiling; throw a fit; blow one's stack; lose one's temper; combust; blow a fuse; have a fit.
    • The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question
    • Spam makes me go ballistic
  • verb add details to
    dramatize; dramatise; embellish; pad; embroider; lard; aggrandise; aggrandize.
  • verb burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction
    detonate; explode.
    • the bomb detonated at noon
    • The Molotov cocktail exploded
  • verb exaggerate or make bigger
    inflate; expand; amplify.
    • The charges were inflated
  • verb fill with gas or air
    inflate.
    • inflate a balloons
  • verb to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs"
    puff up; puff; puff out.
    • puffed out chests
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blow valve

Blow" valve`
Definitions
  1. (Mach.) See Snifting valve.
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blow-by-blow

  • adjective satellite providing great detail
    • a blow-by-blow account of the movie
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blow-dry

  • verb dry hair with a hair dryer
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blow-off

Blow"-off` noun
Definitions
  1. A blowing off steam, water, etc.; -- Also, adj. as, a blow-off cock or pipe.
  2. An outburst of temper or excitement. Colloq.
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blow-out

Blow"-out` noun
Definitions
  1. The cleaning of the flues of a boiler from scale, etc., by a blast of steam.
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blowing gas

  • noun the gas leaving a generator during a blow period
    blow gas.
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blowing up

  • noun a severe rebuke
    berating.
    • he deserved the berating that the coach gave him
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blown-up

  • adjective satellite as of a photograph; made larger
    enlarged.
    • the enlarged photograph revealed many details
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by-blow

  • noun the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
    bastard; whoreson; illegitimate; illegitimate child; love child.
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By"-blow` noun
Definitions
  1. A side or incidental blow; an accidental blow.
    With their by-blows they did split the very stones in pieces. Bunyan.
  2. An illegitimate child; a bastard.
    The Aga speedily . . . brought her [his disgraced slave] to court, together with her pretty by-blow, the present Padre Ottomano. Evelyn.
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Dry blow

  • . (a) (Med.) A blow which inflicts no wound, and causes no effusion of blood. (b) A quick, sharp blow.
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full-blown

  • adjective satellite fully ripe; at the height of bloom
    matured.
    • a full-blown rose
  • adjective satellite having or displaying all the characteristics necessary for completeness
    • a full-blown financial crisis
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Full"-blown` adjective
Definitions
  1. Fully expanded, as a blossom; as, a full-bloun rose. Denham.
  2. Fully distended with wind, as a sail. Dryden.
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Glass blowing

  • the art of shaping glass, when reduced by heat to a viscid state, by inflating it through a tube.
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high-blown

High"-blown` adjective
Definitions
  1. Inflated, as with conceit.
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joe blow

  • noun a hypothetical average man
    Joe Bloggs; John Doe; man in the street.
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low blow

  • noun unscrupulous abuse
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mind-blowing

  • adjective satellite intensely affecting the mind especially in producing hallucinations
    mind-bending.
  • adjective satellite intensely affecting the mind or emotions
    • spending a week in the jungle was a mind-blowing experience
    • a mind-blowing horror story
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strike a blow

  • verb affect adversely
    • The court ruling struck a blow at the old segregation laws
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To blow great guns

  • to blow furiously and with roaring blasts; said of the wind at sea or along the coast.
  • (Naut.), to blow a gale. See Gun, n., 3.
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To blow hot and cold

  • (a saying derived from a fable of AEsop's), to favor a thing at one time and treat it coldly at another; or to appear both to favor and to oppose.
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To blow off

  • to empty (a boiler) of water through the blow-off pipe, while under steam pressure; also, to eject (steam, water, sediment, etc.) from a boiler.
  • to let steam escape through a passage provided for the purpose; as, the engine or steamer is blowing off.
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To blow one's own trumpet

  • to vaunt one's own exploits, or sound one's own praises.
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To blow out

  • . (a) To be driven out by the expansive force of a gas or vapor; as, a steam cock or valve sometimes blows out. (b) To talk violently or abusively. Low
  • to extinguish by a current of air, as a candle.
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To blow over

  • to pass away without effect; to cease, or be dissipated; as, the storm and the clouds have blown over.
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To blow up

  • to be torn to pieces and thrown into the air as by an explosion of powder or gas or the expansive force of steam; to burst; to explode; as, a powder mill or steam boiler blows up. "The enemy's magazines blew up." Tatler.
  • . (a) To fill with air; to swell; as, to blow up a bladder or bubble. (b) To inflate, as with pride, self-conceit, etc.; to puff up; as, to blow one up with flattery. "Blown up with high conceits engendering pride." Milton. (c) To excite; as, to blow up a contention.(d) To burst, to raise into the air, or to scatter, by an explosion; as, to blow up a fort. (e) To scold violently; as, to blow up a person for some offense. Colloq.
  • . (a) To inflate; to distend. (b) To destroy by an explosion from beneath. (c) To explode; as, the boiler blew up. (d) To reprove angrily; to scold. Slang
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To blow upon

  • . (a) To blast; to taint; to bring into discredit; to render stale, unsavory, or worthless. (b) To inform against. Colloq.
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To come to blows

  • to engage in combat; to fight; said of individuals, armies, and nations.
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