transitive verb past tense blew past participle blown
- 1 (propel) she blew the ash onto the floorstop blowing smoke into my face!sopló y echó la ceniza al sueloa gust blew the door shut¡no me eches el humo a la cara!the helicopter blew a cloud of dust into the airuna ráfaga de viento cerró la puerta de golpeto blow something away/off/alongall trace of their camp had been blown away by the windel helicóptero levantó una nube de polvoher hat was blown offel viento no había dejado ni rastro del campamentothey let the wind blow them alongse le voló el sombrerothe wind blew the roof off the kioskse dejaron llevar por el vientothe plane was blown off courseel viento le arrancó el techo al quioscolook what the wind's blown in!el viento sacó el avión de su curso→ wind1 1 1¡mira quién ha aparecido!
- 2 2.1 (make by blowing)(glass)to blow bubbles2.2 (clear)hacer pompas de jabón(egg)to blow one's noseExample sentences2.3 (play)
(note)(signal)the referee blew the whistleto blow one's own trumpet o (American English) hornel árbitro tocó or hizo sonar el silbato or pitohe doesn't need anyone else to blow his trumpet for himecharse or tirarse floresno tiene abuela or se le ha muerto la abuela [colloquial] [humorous]no necesita quien lo alabe, se alaba soloExample sentences
- There are special kits and tools for blowing eggs that make the process easier and safer for children and adults alike.
- Since I was a kid we used to blow eggs and then dye them.
- I love to blow eggs with kids!
- Glass is blown or molded into many shapes for decorative items, and for beverage glasses and other eating and serving dishes.
- Note 1: There is a glass factory in Provence where you can watch the workers blow the molten glass straight from the furnace.
- In the year that followed, however, the sculpture was wrecked three times by vandals who smashed out its specially blown coloured glass light tubes.
- 3 3.1 (smash)(bridge/safe)the car was blown to pieceshacer saltarto blow a hole in somethingel coche voló en pedazosto blow somebody's head offhacer un agujero en algoto blow something sky high o out of the waterthis blows his theory sky highvolarle la tapa de los sesos a alguienif this goes off, we'll be blown sky highesto echa por tierra su teoríato blow something wide opencomo explote, saltamos por los aires3.2 (burn out) 3.3 (burst)poner algo al descubiertodestapar algo [colloquial](gasket)to blow one's top o stack o lid [colloquial]Example sentences
- The ensuing huge explosion blew the Hood apart and she sank in a matter of minutes.
- And it also has some really awesome sequences of robots getting blown apart by flying arrows.
- Earlier that day a flying bomb had blown out the windows and destroyed the roof of the school hall in London where he was due to sit them.
- 4 [colloquial] 4.1 (squander) to blow something
onsomethinghe'd blown the money on a cruise4.2 (spoil) See examples:they were getting on well, but he blew it by starting to …había despilfarrado el dinero en un crucerose había pulido el dinero (Spain) or (River Plate area) se había patinado la plata en un crucero [colloquial]I blew the oral testse estaban llevando bien, pero él lo echó todo a perder cuando empezó a …la pifié [colloquial] or [vulgar] la cagué en el oralla regué en el oral (Mexico) [colloquial]Example sentences
- Our big opportunity had been blown by a bunch of tight-lipped, upright folks who wanted to mind their own business.
- Please don't blow such a great opportunity for our region in the Lismore Herb Festival.
- He blows another great scoring opportunity, with his touch and nerve deserting him as soon as the Milan goal hoves into view.
- As I said in my Budget speech, normally these Governments get accused of blowing the Budget and spending.
- Either way I've still got no reason to blow my cash on that overly expensive paper weight.
- I feel like I just blow my money and it means nothing.
- 6also: past participle blowed(curse) (British English) [colloquial]blow me if she didn't make the same mistake!blow this! let's take a cab!¿y no va y se equivoca otra vez?oh, blow your principles!¡al diablo con esto! tomemos un taxi [colloquial]I'll be blowed if I'll apologize!¡mira, guárdate tus principios!¡ya pueden esperar sentados a que pida perdón! [colloquial]
intransitive verb past tense blew past participle blown
- 1 1.1(wind)to blow hot and cold1.2dar una de cal y otra de arena(person)blow hard into the bagshe came up the stairs, puffing and blowingsopla fuerte en la bolsasubió las escaleras bufando y resoplandoExample sentences
- She lightly blew on it, blowing away the hot air.
- He then blew on it lightly to give it the appearance of life.
- Josh blew on the canteen of hot tea he'd smuggled from his home into the Café and sighed as the steam began to warm his frozen fingers.
- Both were blowing hard as assistant coach, aged 42 and retired from competitive football for 10 years, beat them to the line.
- The hounds are blowing hard and dripping with sweat, but they are utterly delighted with themselves.
- Falkon shot into Avaria, panting and blowing like a horse.
- Biologists can hear blue whales blow at the surface from several miles away, often before they can see them.
- If you are downwind when the whales blow, there is no mistaking the content of their gargantuan diet.
- We also witnessed humpback whales blowing and diving, breaching and slapping their fins and flukes.
- When strong wind blows to create waves and ripples, when it rains hard or when sheets of snow land on the lake-surface.
- An unexpected cold gust of wind blew into the room and I looked up to note a small gap in the wall of stone blocks.
- The wind was blowing and it created a nice warm, breeze.
- 2 (be driven by wind) See examples: litter was blowing everywheresand had blown in under the doorhabía basura volando por todas parteshis hat blew offcon el viento se había colado arena por debajo de la puertathe door blew open/shutse le voló el sombrerola puerta se abrió/se cerró con el viento
- 3 (produce sound)(bugle/foghorn/whistle)the whistle blew for half-timeel silbato sonó anunciando el final del primer tiempoExample sentences
- In its early history, music was the serious concern of voices, or instruments blown or bowed.
- A computer generated voice comes to life as klaxons sound and whistles blow.
- Long after the final whistle had blown at their semi-final, the sound of drums beating and fans chanting could be heard outside the stadium.
- 4 4.1 (burn out)(fuse)4.2 (burst)fundirsequemarse(gasket)reventarseExample sentences
- If a $4 cylinder head gasket blows, it costs the customer $1,000 in engine repairs.
- My car engine blew after service who is at fault?
- At 32000 miles my engine blew.
- Most of Simon Fraser University's main campus was thrown into darkness when a high voltage electric cable blew last Friday.
- I don't actually recommend doing this, because it may well be overloading the header and blowing one of those is a great way to ruin your afternoon and maybe your motherboard.
- The strike shorted all the electrics and blew all the fuses.
- 5 (leave, go)(especially American English) [slang] [dated]largarse [colloquial]Example sentences
- It's only a matter of time before these guys blow, so see them while you still can.
- Boy, when guys blow on this climb, they are gone in a hurry!
- Board up, pack up, and blow town before the traffic chokes.
- 1.1 (action) to give one's nose a blow 1.2 (gale) to go for a blow (British English) [colloquial]salir a tomar (el) aire or el frescoExample sentences
- It was a very exciting game from the first blow of the whistle.
- From the first blow of the whistle we were unsure as to who would take control of ball when McDonald put the first score on the board.
- An agitating game that left the hearts of many fans racing from the blow of the whistle was indeed the game of the day.
- Put a few drops in each nostril and sniff gently, then give your nose a good blow to get rid of the mucus.
- They say - they argue that a nose blow was an all-stop signal.
- If you've been shooting, bullet casting, or otherwise exposed to airborne lead, after washing your hands, give your nose a good blow.
- 1.1 (kill) one more word and I'll blow you away!
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object blow me down! (British English) [colloquial]
- (arrive casually) [colloquial]
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (extinguish)
- 1.1 (be forgotten)
- 1verb + adverb 1.1 (explode)
- 1 (stroke) a blow with a hammerto come to blowsun martillazoun golpe con un martilloat a (single) o one blow to strike a blow for somethingllegar a las manosromper una lanza en favor de algoExample sentences
- If the medical evidence is correct he is unlikely to have fallen down as a result of the stroke itself and I accept a glancing blow to the head would not necessarily knock him over.
- He tried to make some noises but received a hard blow to the back, which caused him to stop his useless attempts at speech.
- The police asked me if the child had fallen or received a hard blow to the injured area of her head.
- 2 (shock, setback) blow
tosomebodythe news of his death came as a blow to us allgolpe paraalguienla noticia de su muerte fue un duro golpe or un gran disgusto para todos nosotrosExample sentences
- He was dealt a disappointing blow here yesterday when the group failed to justify hefty support.
- His hopes of springing a surprise were dealt a severe blow before the break when the Captain was forced to retire due to concussion.
- Given the increasingly run-down nature of these command economies, the oil price shocks dealt a crucial blow to regimes running an already bankrupt economic system.
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