Definition of blowout in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈblōˌout/


1A sudden rupture or malfunction of a part or an apparatus due to pressure, in particular the bursting of an automobile tire.
Example sentences
  • Sinking oil and gas wells offshore is a risky venture because of the danger of blowouts and pipeline ruptures, as well as the daily increments of pollution.
  • But if Treasury yields do begin a long climb back up, investors who have already suffered from the stock market blowout will take another hit.
  • It also said that if it is broken by some way other than natural blowout, there would be no replacement.
1.1North American informal An outburst of anger; an argument: that exchange led to a big blowout five years ago
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  • I had a big blowout with the federal government.
  • If you can't talk about this without a big blowout, write her a letter explaining how you feel.
  • Letting frustrations fester is a real good way to ensure blowouts and fits of anger later on, so best to get it all out in the open.
1.2An uprush of oil or gas from a well.
Example sentences
  • Even after the blowout had been brought under control, the oil continued to seep out of the ocean floor, he says.
  • A similar blowout event also occurred in the onshore Seria Field in 1953.
  • Successional patterns will be truncated or prevented in sites with frequent major disturbances, e.g. blowouts, water level changes, etc.
1.3A melting of an electric fuse.
Example sentences
  • You never know when you are going to suffer a tyre blowout or when another driver is just going to be plain careless.
  • Tyre blowouts are common on a lot of trips and this is an area that weight can have a huge effect on.
  • Most roads are gravel, meaning accidents and tyre blowouts are not uncommon.
2North American informal An easy victory in a sporting contest or an election: they had lost seven games—four by blowouts and three by slim margins
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  • Only the Vikings broke the barrier in a blowout victory over the Packers.
  • Gus was tenacious defensively; even in a blowout victory he wouldn't let the other team have an inch of space.
  • While the first two games were both blowouts, the first playoff game in Memphis' history was highly competitive with the Spurs never leading by more than 6 points.
rout, whitewash, walkover, landslide
3 informal A large or lavish meal or social gathering.
Example sentences
  • He was still crowing over the success of his Dallas showroom expansion and the blowout coming-out party.
  • But before we can weigh anchor, Flores erupts into Festa do Emigrante, a blowout party celebrating Azorean emigrants' annual return to the islands, beginning in July.
  • Despite the minor grumbles, we had a superb meal - especially with palates so jaded after the festive blowout.
feast, banquet, celebration, party, after-party
informal shindig, do, binge
4North American An event at which goods are sold at heavily discounted prices: the purpose of the blowout is to motivate new customers to visit [as modifier]: the local store is having a big blowout sale—everything 65% off
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  • Their major buyers raid their blowout bins, put them in boxes and ship them to the States.
  • If sales are strong, what will the blowout deals do to earnings?
  • Woe to the promotion manager who doesn't ace the Christmas blowout.
5North American An act or instance of blow-drying hair: you can’t do a blowout with super wet hair
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  • Stylist Marvin Carrington decided to revamp her shoulder-length, naturally wavy hair with a sleek blowout, defined layers and blond highlights.
  • So it was only a matter of time before shoulder pads, designer jeans, leg warmers, wide belts, layered peasant skirts and big, broad, blowout hair started to look good to us again.
  • In between blowouts, use a reactivating spray to reshape your style.
6A hollow eroded by the wind.
Example sentences
  • Parabolic dunes are formed when the wind causes a blowout, that is, begins to gouge sand out from around a patch of vegetation that has weakened its grip.
  • The crater resulting from the blowout was measured at 34m long, 15m wide and 6m deep.
  • This one-side riddled basin can even persist beyond the blowout bifurcation, contrary to the previously reported riddled basins which exist only below the blowout transition.

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Syllabification: blow·out

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