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blow1 British & World English

(Of wind) move creating an air current

blow2 British & World English

A powerful stroke with a hand, weapon, or hard object

blow3 British & World English

Produce flowers or be in flower

blow1 English Thesaurus

the icy wind blew around our ankles

blow2 English Thesaurus

death was due to a blow on the head with a blunt instrument

Blow, John British & World English

(Circa 1649–1708), English composer and organist. The organist of Westminster Abbey 1668–79 and 1695–1708, he wrote much church music and taught Henry Purcell. His masque Venus and Adonis (circa 1682) was a forerunner of English opera

knock someone's socks off British & World English

Amaze or impress someone

let off steam British & World English

Get rid of pent-up energy or strong emotion

blow in British & World English

Arrive casually and unannounced

blow-in British & World English

A newcomer or recent arrival

blow-up British & World English

An enlargement of a photograph

by-blow British & World English

A side-blow not at the main target

blow-up New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen, two words as verb)

blow off British & World English

Break wind noisily

blow-off British & World English

The action of emitting a gas, typically to reduce pressure to a safe level

blow out British & World English

Be extinguished by an air current

blow over British & World English

(Of trouble) fade away without serious consequences

blow-dry British & World English

Dry and style (hair) with a handheld dryer

blow job British & World English

An act of fellatio

body blow British & World English

A heavy punch to the body

Joe Blow British & World English

North American term for Joe Bloggs.

low blow British & World English

An unlawful blow that lands below an opponent’s waist

blow-by-blow British & World English

(Of a description of an event) giving all the details in the order in which they occurred

death blow British & World English

A stroke with a hand or weapon that causes death

hammer blow British & World English

A powerful stroke with a hammer

peach-blow British & World English

another term for peach-bloom.

blow cold on British & World English

Regard unfavourably

blow a fuse British & World English

Lose one’s temper

at one blow British & World English

By a single stroke; in one operation

blow one's nose British & World English

Clear one’s nose of mucus by blowing through it into a handkerchief

blow one's top British & World English

Lose one’s temper

puff and blow British & World English

Breathe in gasps during or after exertion

blow someone's mind British & World English

Impress or otherwise affect someone very strongly

blow someone away British & World English

Kill someone using a firearm

blow someone off British & World English

Fail to keep an appointment with someone

blow something off British & World English

Ignore or make light of something

blow someone out British & World English

Defeat someone convincingly

blow something out British & World English

Use one’s breath to extinguish a flame

blow someone up British & World English

Reprimand someone severely

blow something up British & World English

Cause something to explode

soften the blow British & World English

Make it easier to cope with a difficult change or upsetting news


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