blow away


blew away; blown away; blowing away; blows away

transitive verb

: to dissipate or remove as if with a current of air
their doubts were blown away
: to kill by gunfire : shoot dead
: to impress very strongly and usually favorably
: to defeat soundly
blew their rivals away in the first game

Example Sentences

the chess prodigy completely blew away the reigning world champion
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blow away was in the 14th century

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“Blow away.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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