blow  ( blows 3rd person present) ( blowing present participle) ( blew past tense) ( blown past participle ) (VERB USES)
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1 verb When a wind or breeze blows, the air moves.
We woke to find a gale blowing outside. V
2 verb If the wind blows something somewhere or if it blows there, the wind moves it there.
Strong winds blew away most of the dust... V n with adv
Her cap fell off in the street and blew away... V adv/prep
The bushes and trees were blowing in the wind. V, Also V n prep
3 verb If you blow, you send out a stream of air from your mouth.
Danny rubbed his arms and blew on his fingers to warm them... V prep/adv
Take a deep breath and blow. V
4 verb If you blow something somewhere, you move it by sending out a stream of air from your mouth.
He picked up his mug and blew off the steam. V n with adv, Also V n prep
5 verb If you blow bubbles or smoke rings, you make them by blowing air out of your mouth through liquid or smoke.
He blew a ring of blue smoke. V n
6 verb When a whistle or horn blows or someone blows it, they make a sound by blowing into it.
The whistle blew and the train slid forward... V
A guard was blowing his whistle. V n
7 verb When you blow your nose, you force air out of it through your nostrils in order to clear it.
He took out a handkerchief and blew his nose. V n
8 verb To blow something out, off, or away means to remove or destroy it violently with an explosion.
The can exploded, wrecking the kitchen and bathroom and blowing out windows... V n with adv
Rival gunmen blew the city to bits. V n prep
9 verb If you say that something blows an event, situation, or argument into a particular extreme state, especially an uncertain or unpleasant state, you mean that it causes it to be in that state.
Someone took an inappropriate use of words on my part and tried to blow it into a major controversy. V n prep
10 verb If you blow a large amount of money, you spend it quickly on luxuries.
INFORMAL My brother lent me some money and I went and blew the lot. V n
11 verb If you blow a chance or attempt to do something, you make a mistake which wastes the chance or causes the attempt to fail.
INFORMAL He has almost certainly blown his chance of touring India this winter. V n
...the high-risk world of real estate, where one careless word could blow a whole deal... V n
Oh you fool! You've blown it! V it
to blow away the cobwebs
to blow someone's cover
to blow hot and cold
to blow a kiss
to blow your top
to blow the whistle
whistle blow out
1 phrasal verb If you blow out a flame or a candle, you blow at it so that it stops burning.
I blew out the candle. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
blowout blow over phrasal verb If something such as trouble or an argument blows over, it ends without any serious consequences.
Wait, and it'll all blow over. V P blow up
1 phrasal verb If someone blows something up or if it blows up, it is destroyed by an explosion.
He was jailed for 45 years for trying to blow up a plane... V P n (not pron)
Their boat blew up as they slept. V P, Also V n P
2 phrasal verb If you blow up something such as a balloon or a tyre, you fill it with air.
Other than blowing up a tyre I hadn't done any car maintenance. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
3 phrasal verb If a wind or a storm blows up, the weather becomes very windy or stormy.
A storm blew up over the mountains. V P
4 phrasal verb If you blow up at someone, you lose your temper and shout at them.
I'm sorry I blew up at you... V P at n
When Myra told Karp she'd expose his past, he blew up. V P
5 phrasal verb If someone blows an incident up or if it blows up, it is made to seem more serious or important than it really is.
Newspapers blew up the story... V P n (not pron)
The media may be blowing it up out of proportion... V n P
The scandal blew up into a major political furore. V P prep/adv, Also V P
6 phrasal verb If a photographic image is blown up, a large copy is made of it.
The image is blown up on a large screen. be V-ed P
...two blown up photos of Paddy. V-ed P, Also V P n (not pron), V n P