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blow up

verb

Definition of blow up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to build up or tout to an unreasonable extent <advertisers blowing up their products>

  3. 2 :  to rend apart, shatter, or destroy by explosion

  4. 3 :  to fill up with a gas (as air) <blow up a balloon>

  5. 4 :  to make a photographic enlargement of

  6. 5 :  to bring into existence by blowing of wind <it may blow up a storm>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 a :  explode b :  to be disrupted or destroyed (as by explosion) c :  to lose self-control; especially :  to become violently angry

  9. 2 :  to become or come into being by or as if by blowing of wind

  10. 3 a :  to become filled with a gas b :  to become expanded to unreasonable proportions



Examples of blow up in a sentence

  1. <she blew up at everybody after a very long and very bad day>

  2. <the building blew up because of a gas leak>



1536

First Known Use of blow up

1536



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