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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: FULL1 + blown, past participle of blow 'to produce flowers', from Old English blowan

full-blown

adjective
     
full-blown [only before noun]
having all the qualities of something that is at its most complete or advanced stage:
The drop in shares could develop into a full-blown crisis.
full-blown AIDS

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