Blow - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bləʊ|  American pronunciation of the word blow
Brit.  |bləʊ|  British pronunciation of the word blow
irregular verb:  p.t. — blew  p.p. — blown
- a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
- an impact (as from a collision) (syn: bump)
- an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating (syn: reversal, reverse, setback)
- an unpleasant or disappointing surprise (syn: shock)
- a strong current of air (syn: blast, gust)
- street names for cocaine (syn: coke, snow)
- forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth (syn: puff)
- exhale hard
- be blowing or storming
- free of obstruction by blowing air through
- be in motion due to some air or water current (syn: drift, float)
- make a sound as if blown
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Examples

A cold breeze was blowing hard.

Outside, the weather was blowing a gale.

The violent wind was blowing broken glass about in the city streets.

The wind was so strong that people were nearly blown away.

The storm blew the ship off its course.

I opened the door and a pile of leaves blew in.

He blew a whiff from his pipe.

He blew heavily through his nostrils.

The child blew the paper bag out and then burst it.

The winter was cold and he blew on his fingers.

We shall have to blow the pipe out, it seems to be blocked.

The explosion blew the door open.

The bomb blew the windows out.

The soldiers blew up the enemy bridge.

A chemical factory blew up in the North of England.

Phrasal verbs

blow off  — come off due to an explosion or other strong force
blow out  — melt, break, or become otherwise unusable
blow over  — disappear gradually
blow up  — cause to burst with a violent release of energy

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: blow
he/she/it: blows
present participle: blowing
past tense: blew
past participle: blown
noun
singular: blow
plural: blows
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