blow1 S2 W3 past tense blew past participle blown
if the wind or a current of air blows, it moves:
wind moving[intransitive and transitive]DN
A cold breeze was blowing hard.
It was blowing from an easterly direction.
Outside, the weather was blowing a gale.
to move or to move something by the force of the wind or a current of air:
wind moving something[intransitive,transitive usually + adverb/preposition]DN
Her hair was blowing in the breeze.
The wind blew the rain into our faces.
My ticket blew away.
to send air out from your mouth
air from your mouth[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
blow (something) into/onto/out etc
She blew onto her coffee to cool it down.
He blew the smoke right in my face.
to make a sound by passing air through a whistle, horn etc:
make a noise[intransitive and transitive]APM
The whistle blew for halftime.
A truck went by and blew its horn at her.
to damage or destroy something violently with an explosion or by shooting
violence[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
blow something away/out/off something
Part of his leg had been blown off.
blow something/somebody to pieces/bits/smithereens
A bomb like that could blow you to bits.
to lose a good opportunity by making a mistake or by being careless:
lose an opportunity[transitive] informal
We've blown our chances of getting that contract.
You've got a great future ahead of you. Don't blow it.
to spend a lot of money in a careless way, especially on one thing:
waste money[transitive] informal
I blew all the money I won on a trip to Hawaii.
to clean your nose by forcing air through it into a cloth or a piece of soft paper
to kiss your hand and then pretend to blow the kiss towards someone:
She leant out of the window and blew him a kiss.
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:
electricity stops[intransitive and transitive]TEE
The floodlights blew a fuse.
if a tyre blows or if a car blows a tyre, it bursts
tyre[intransitive and transitive]TTC
to make or shape something by sending air out from your mouth:
make a shape[transitive]
The kids were blowing bubbles in the backyard.
blow glass (=shape glass by blowing into it when it is very hot and soft)
said to show annoyance or surprise:
surprise/annoyanceBritish English spoken
Blow it! I forgot to phone Jane.
Blow me down if she didn't just run off!
Well, I'm blowed!
to make known something that was meant to be a secret:
tell a secret[transitive]
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.
to make you feel very surprised and excited by something: ➔ mind-blowing
Seeing her again really blew my mind.
16 also informal
to become extremely angry quickly or suddenly:
One day, I just blew my top and hit him.
to tell someone in authority about something wrong that someone is doing: ➔ whistle-blower
He blew the whistle on his colleagues.
to make something seem much more serious or important than it is
19 especially British English also American English informal
to talk a lot about your own achievements - used to show disapproval:
Dave spent the whole evening blowing his own trumpet.
to defeat someone or something that you are competing with, or to achieve much more than they do:
Motown had blown all the other record companies out of the water.
21 British English informal
to keep changing your attitude towards someone or something
22 British English
to destroy an idea, plan etc by showing that it cannot be true or effective:
This new information blows his theory sky-high.
blow sb↔ awayphrasal verb
to make someone feel very surprised, especially about something they like or admire:
It just blows me away, the way everyone's so friendly round here.
to kill someone by shooting them with a gun
to defeat someone completely, especially in a game:
Nancy blew away the rest of the skaters.
blow downphrasal verb
if the wind blows something down, or if something blows down, the wind makes it fall:
The garden gate has blown down.
blow something ↔ down
Several trees were blown down in the night.
blow inphrasal verb
1 also blow into something informal
to arrive in a place, especially suddenly:
Jim blew in about an hour ago.
Guess who's just blown into town?
if a storm or bad weather blows in, it arrives and begins to affect a particular area:
The first snowstorm blew in from the north.
blow somebody/something ↔ offphrasal verb
to treat someone or something as unimportant, for example by not meeting someone or not going to an event:
Bud got into trouble for blowing off the meeting.
to make known something that was secret, especially something involving important or famous people:
Her book blew the lid off the Reagan years.
to kill someone by shooting them in the head
4 American English
to get rid of anger or energy by doing something [= let off steam British English]
I went jogging to blow off some steam.
blow outphrasal verb
if you blow a flame or a fire out, or if it blows out, it stops burning:
The match blew out in the wind.
blow something ↔ out
Blow out all the candles.
if a tyre blows out, it bursts
if a storm blows itself out, it ends
to kill yourself or someone else with a shot to the head
5 American English spoken
to easily defeat someone:
We blew them out 28 - 0.
6 American English
if you blow out your knee or another joint in your body, or if it blows out, you injure it badly
if an oil or gas well blows out, oil or gas suddenly escapes from it
to stop having a friendship or relationship with someone
blow somebody out
blow overphrasal verb
if the wind blows something over, or if something blows over, the wind makes it fall:
Our fence blew over in the storm.
blow something ↔ over
The hurricane blew some palm trees over.
if an argument or unpleasant situation blows over, it ends or is forgotten:
They weren't speaking to each other, but I think it's blown over now.
if a storm blows over, it goes away
blow upphrasal verb
to destroy something, or to be destroyed, by an explosion:
The plane blew up in mid-air.
blow something ↔ up
Rebels attempted to blow up the bridge.
to fill something with air or gas:
blow something ↔ up
Can you blow up this balloon?
We'll blow the tyres up.
if a situation, argument etc blows up, it suddenly becomes important or dangerous:
A crisis had blown up over the peace talks.
if you blow up a photograph, you make it larger [= enlarge]
blow something ↔ up
to become very angry with someone:
Jenny's father blew up when she didn't come home last night.
blow up at
I was surprised at the way he blew up at Hardy.
if bad weather blows up, it suddenly arrives:
It looks as if there's a storm blowing up.
if something you have done or planned to do blows up in your face, it suddenly goes wrong:
One of his deals had just blown up in his face.