From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishblowblow1 /bləʊ $ bloʊ/ ●●● S2 W3 verb (past tense blew /bluː/, past participle blown /bləʊn $ bloʊn/) 1 wind moving [intransitive, transitive]WIND MOVINGDN if the wind or a current of air blows, it moves A cold breeze was blowing hard. It was blowing from an easterly direction. Outside, the weather was blowing a gale.2 wind moving somethingWIND MOVING something [intransitive, transitive usually + adverb/preposition]DN to move, or to move something, by the force of the wind or a current of air Her hair was blowing in the breeze. The wind blew the rain into our faces. My ticket blew away.blow (something) open/shut A sudden draught blew the door shut.3 air from your mouth [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition]AIR to send air out from your mouthblow (something) into/onto/out etc She blew onto her coffee to cool it down. He blew the smoke right in my face.4 make a noise [intransitive, transitive]APM to make a sound by passing air through a whistle, horn etc The whistle blew for half time. A truck went by and blew its horn at her.5 violence [transitive always + adverb/preposition]DAMAGE to damage or destroy something violently with an explosion or by shootingblow something away/out/off something Part of his leg had been blown off.blow somebody/something to pieces/bits/smithereens A bomb like that could blow you to bits.6 lose an opportunity [transitive] informalMISTAKE to lose a good opportunity by making a mistake or by being careless We’ve blown our chances of getting that contract. You’ve got a great future ahead of you. Don’t blow it.7 waste money [transitive] informalSPEND MONEY to spend a lot of money in a careless way, especially on one thing I blew all the money I won on a trip to Hawaii.► see thesaurus at spend8 → blow your nose9 → blow somebody a kiss10 electricity stops [intransitive, transitive]TEE if an electrical fuse blows, or a piece of electrical equipment blows a fuse, the electricity suddenly stops working because a thin wire has melted The floodlights blew a fuse.11 tyre [intransitive, transitive]TTC if a tyre blows, or if a car blows a tyre, it bursts12 make a shape [transitive]CFBREATHE to make or shape something by sending air out from your mouth The kids were blowing bubbles in the backyard.blow glass (=shape glass by blowing into it when it is very hot and soft)13 → blow/blow me/blow it etc14 MAKE A SECRET KNOWNtell a secret [transitive] to make known something that was meant to be a secret Your coming here has blown the whole operation.blow somebody’s cover (=make known what someone’s real job or name is) It would only take one phone call to blow his cover.15 → blow somebody’s mind16 → blow your top/stack/cool17 → blow the whistle on somebody18 → blow something (up) out of (all) proportion19 → blow your own trumpet20 → blow somebody/something out of the water21 → blow hot and cold22 → blow something sky-highGrammarBlow belongs to a group of verbs where the same noun can be the subject of the verb or its object. • You can say: Someone blew a whistle. In this sentence, ‘a whistle’ is the object of blow.• You can also say: A whistle blew. In this sentence, ‘a whistle’ is the subject of blow. → blow sb↔ away → blow down → blow in → blow somebody/something ↔ off → blow out → blow over → blow up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusblow• We blew $3000 on a trip to Barbados.• On the minus side, she'd blown a lot of money and received a couple of scares.• On one of them was Blue Mooney, his pale blond hair blown against his cheek as he skidded around the corner.• One of the tires blew and they skidded into the center divider.• They know the way that the wind is blowing, and would be only too pleased to be redeployed into another trade.• I put the balloon to my lips and blew as hard as I could.• His black hair was tousled, blown by the wind, shining strands of it across his brown forehead.• A warm breeze was blowing from the south.• The ornaments are made of blown glass.• The referee blew his whistle to start the game.• She tried to open the door to the storage-room, but twice the wind blew it out of her hands.• He thinks one of the anti-Castro group is going to blow me away.• Blow on it, Ian - the oatmeal's very hot.• The whistle blew on the old steam engine.• The scare has been blown out of proportion, said John Marchello, professor of animal science at the University of Arizona.• You're lucky you didn't blow out the whole engine.• He blew smoke rings across the table.• The wind blew so hard the bread got stale in our hands.• The wind must have blown the door shut.• She blew the feather off her sleeve.• He won £500,000 in the National Lottery, but he's already blown the lot.blowing hard• It is miserable work as the snow is now falling thickly, the wind blowing hard.• An hour later I was back, blowing hard and running with sweat, but feeling virtuous and much more relaxed.• When we reached our house, the wind was blowing hard in our faces.• It was still blowing hard north-west.blow (something) open/shut• Furthermore, its flexibility and power of movement are considerably greater, so that less power is needed to deliver a blow.• A cold breeze blew through the open door, stirring the fire so the flames shot up, flickering brightly.• This will help prevent freezing air blowing up the open ends of the waste pipes.• After 30 moves the position appeared level but Kasparov blew the situation open with a pawn sacrifice.blow (something) into/onto/out etc• She could do nothing but batten down the conversational hatches and wait until the storm blew itself out.• The morning of the third day, they woke up and saw the storm had blown itself out.• She blew smoke out, coughed, and handed him the cigarette and he took it without a word.• Minor disputes over specific issues blew up into major confrontations.• The wind blew strongly into the room.• The bullet took him right between the eyes, blowing his brains out through the back of his head.• In fact, he reportedly blew it out with a stunning, if showy, throw-out at third.blow somebody/something to pieces/bits/smithereens• Settle down with a good book, and let them blow themselves to bits.blown ... chances• He had already blown his chances and perhaps that was why he played a relaxed stroke.blowing bubbles• Why not something else equally apparently arbitrary, such as blowing bubbles, or dropping pebbles?• Grandma was blowing bubbles with us in the backyard.