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1 a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"
2 an impact (as from a collision); "the bump threw him off the bicycle" [syn: bump]
3 an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating [syn: reverse, reversal, setback, black eye]
4 an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured" [syn: shock]
5 a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust" [syn: gust, blast]
6 street names for cocaine [syn: coke, nose candy, snow, C]
7 forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; "he gave his nose a loud blow"; "he blew out all the candles with a single puff" [syn: puff]


1 exhale hard; "blow on the soup to cool it down"
2 be blowing or storming; "The wind blew from the West"
3 free of obstruction by blowing air through; "blow one's nose"
4 be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore" [syn: float, drift, be adrift]
5 make a sound as if blown; "The whistle blew"
6 shape by blowing; "Blow a glass vase"
7 make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]
8 spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree" [syn: waste, squander] [ant: conserve]
9 spend lavishly or wastefully on; "He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"
10 sound by having air expelled through a tube; "The trumpets blew"
11 play or sound a wind instrument; "She blew the horn"
12 provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation [syn: fellate, go down on]
13 cause air to go in, on, or through; "Blow my hair dry"
14 cause to move by means of an air current; "The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"
15 spout moist air from the blowhole; "The whales blew"
16 leave; informal or rude; "shove off!"; "The children shoved along"; "Blow now!" [syn: shove off, shove along]
17 lay eggs; "certain insects are said to blow"
18 cause to be revealed and jeopardized; "The story blew their cover"; "The double agent was blown by the other side"
20 allow to regain its breath; "blow a horse"
21 melt, break, or become otherwise unusable; "The lightbulbs blew out"; "The fuse blew" [syn: blow out, burn out]
22 burst suddenly; "The tire blew"; "We blew a tire" [also: blown, blew]blew See blow

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  • /bluː/
  • /blu:/
  • Rhymes: -uː



  1. simple past of blow

Extensive Definition

Blow may refer to:
In music:

See also

blew in German: Blow
blew in French: Blow
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