blow up

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blow up

verb

Definition of BLOW UP

1
to become very angry <she blew up at everybody after a very long and very bad day>
Synonyms flare (up), flip (out) [slang]
Phrases blow a gasket, blow one's cool, blow one's stack, blow one's top, fly into a rage, fly off the handle, forget oneself, go ballistic, have a fit, hit the ceiling, hit the roof, lose one's cool, lose one's temper
Near Antonyms chill out [slang], cool (off or down), relax; hush, quiet (down)
Antonyms calm (down), simmer down
2
to break open or into pieces usually because of internal pressure <the building blew up because of a gas leak>
Related Words fragment, shatter, smash, splinter; discharge, fire, shoot; balloon, burgeon (also bourgeon), mushroom
Near Antonyms collapse, fizzle
Antonyms implode
3
to cause to break open or into pieces by or as if by an explosive <blew up the biggest rocks and then cleared them away>
Near Antonyms collapse, implode
4
to praise or publicize lavishly and often excessively <the advertisement blows the new soda up to the point where I half expected to be transported to a higher level of consciousness>

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