—v. (past blew; past part. Blown) 1 direct a current of air (at) esp. From the mouth.
- drive or be driven by blowing (blew the door open).
- (esp. Of the wind) move rapidly.
- expel by breathing (blew smoke).
- sound or be sounded by blowing.
- (past part. Blowed) slang (esp. In imper.) Curse, confound (i'm blowed if i know; blow it!).
- clear (the nose) by blowing.
- puff, pant.
- slang depart suddenly (from). 10 shatter etc. By an explosion. 11 make or shape (glass or a bubble) by blowing. 12 a melt from overloading (the fuse has blown). B break or burst suddenly. 13 (of a whale) eject air and water. 14 break into with explosives. 15 slang a squander (blew £20). B bungle (an opportunity etc.). C reveal (a secret etc.). —n. - act of blowing.
- a gust of wind or air. B exposure to fresh air. be blowed if one will colloq. Be unwilling to. Blow a gasket slang lose one's temper. Blow hot and cold colloq. Vacillate. Blow in 1 break inwards by an explosion.
- colloq. Arrive unexpectedly. Blow a person's mind slang cause to have hallucinations etc.; astound. Blow off 1 escape or allow (steam etc.) To escape forcibly.
- slang break wind noisily. Blow out 1 extinguish by blowing.
- send outwards by an explosion. Blow over (of trouble etc.) Fade away. Blow one's top colloq. Explode in rage. Blow up 1 explode.
- colloq. Rebuke strongly.
- inflate (a tyre etc.).
- colloq. A enlarge (a photograph). B exaggerate.
- colloq. Arise, happen.
- colloq. Lose one's temper. [old english]
- n. - hard stroke with a hand or weapon.
- sudden shock or misfortune. [origin unknown]
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