Definition of blowup in English:


Syllabification: blow·up
Pronunciation: /ˈblōˌəp


1An enlargement of a photograph.
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  • This exhibition, designed by Woods, includes drawings, models, photographic blow-ups and an installation.
  • Along the corridors and hallways, open spaces and nooks, blow-ups of TV Guide covers chronicle the evolution of TV, entertainment and ultimately Americana over the past 47 years.
  • Later, I open the envelope and pull out a blow-up of the wedding photo.
2 informal An outburst of anger.
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  • She was known for sharp remarks and occasional blow-ups.
  • I wish they hadn't spoiled her blow-up scene in the previews.
  • After talking with Chris, Vera saw that Kaia's blow-up had more to do with bottled up anger towards her mother than with Ralph's death.


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Inflatable: a blowup neck pillow
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  • ‘Sora’ left with her blow-up ring pillow, still a little sore, but definitely not sorry!
  • Our nation's rich supply of blow-up dolls has barely begun to be explored for national security purposes.
  • Here's a contemporary conundrum for you: how come celebs get thinner when they have kids, while the rest of us end up looking like blow-up versions of our former selves?

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