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blowout

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Pronunciation: /ˈbləʊaʊt
 
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Definition of blowout in English:

noun

1An occasion when a tyre on a vehicle bursts or an electric fuse melts.
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.
Synonyms
puncture, flat tyre, burst tyre
informal flat
1.1An uprush of oil or gas from a well: [as modifier]: a blowout preventer
More 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.
1.2North American informal An outburst of anger or an argument: that exchange led to a big blowout five years ago
More example sentences
  • 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.
2 informal A large or lavish meal or social gathering: it is difficult to imagine the slim person going for a real blowout
More 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.
Synonyms
party, feast, banquet, celebration, binge
informal shindig, shindy, do
British informal beanfeast, beano, bunfight, thrash, nosh-up, scoff, slap-up meal, tuck-in
3North 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 per cent off
More example sentences
  • Almost every store you pass, every corner you take, you'll find sales, discounts, blowouts, bargains, and of course shoppers cashing in on sweet holiday deals.
  • Dozens, maybe hundreds, of used console games are on sale in their October blowout sale.
  • The Prop Shop is sadly closing tomorrow so we're having a blowout sale with tees marked down to $10 and $12.
4North American informal An easy victory in a sporting contest or election: the game had been a blowout
More example sentences
  • 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.
5North American An act or instance of blow-drying hair: you can’t do a blowout with super wet hair
More example sentences
  • Want to achieve that salon style blowout at home?
  • 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.
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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