blowup

noun
blow·​up | \ ˈblō-ˌəp How to pronounce blowup (audio) \
plural blowups

Definition of blowup

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a blowing up: such as
a : explosion
b : an outburst of temper
d : a catastrophic financial failure or collapse Sometime in the next few years, a blowup is likely—one that could sink an already foundering economy.— David Henry

blow-up

adjective
\ ˈblō-ˌəp How to pronounce blow-up (audio) \

Definition of blow-up (Entry 2 of 3)

blow up

verb
blew up; blown up; blowing up; blows up

Definition of blow up (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to build up or tout to an unreasonable extent advertisers blowing up their products
2 : to rend apart, shatter, or destroy by explosion
3 : to fill up with a gas (such as air) blow up a balloon
4 : to make a photographic enlargement of
5 : to bring into existence by blowing of wind it may blow up a storm

intransitive verb

1a : explode
b : to be disrupted or destroyed (as by explosion)
c : to lose self-control especially : to become violently angry
2 : to become or come into being by or as if by blowing of wind
3a : to become filled with a gas
b : to become expanded to unreasonable proportions
c : to gain a large amount of weight In the ensuing two years Gibson blew up to more than 400 pounds as he ate an over-abundance of fast foods …— Tim Crothers
4 : to suddenly become very successful, prevalent, or popular Latin-tinged pop is blowing up because it fits the musical times: …— Christopher John Farley

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Synonyms & Antonyms for blowup

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of blowup in a Sentence

Noun The blowup of the photograph was easy to frame. The two of them had a big blowup about something trivial. The coach's latest blowup occurred when one of his players arrived late. Verb she blew up at everybody after a very long and very bad day the building blew up because of a gas leak
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some banged on trash cans, a reference to the Astros' cheating methods, on the concourse and others lifted blowup receptacles above their heads. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 The blowup has prompted questions about oversight, particularly because Archegos amassed tens of billions of dollars in stock bets without disclosing its positions to other market participants. Donal Griffin, Fortune, 30 Mar. 2021 What is more, the 2015 blowup happened with the sector at record highs, while recent trading has been fairly muted. Charley Grant, WSJ, 13 June 2021 The Archegos blowup has prompted questions about regulatory oversight, particularly because Hwang amassed tens of billions of dollars in stock bets, while not disclosing his positions to other market participants. Benjamin Bain, Fortune, 1 Apr. 2021 Put another way: there’s no evidence folks should be worried about a housing blowup. Stephen Mcbride, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Josh getting up and awkwardly walking out when footage plays of his late-night kitchen blowup with CT is hilarious. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 5 May 2021 After the blowup, Ms. Vega went right on the air for an interview with an expert that hinted, perhaps, at some of what ails media right now. Ben Smith, New York Times, 23 May 2021 The blowup between Greenwald and the Intercept had a long gestation, people at the publication say. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An Outdoor Inflatable Play Mat With Sprinklers For Kids wouldn’t take a long time to blow up and even holds a little water in the center. oregonlive, 26 June 2021 Authorities say Pettyjohn was part of an organized effort to blow up a building to collect insurance payouts, but he was never brought to trial due to his untimely death. CBS News, 11 June 2021 Authorities say Pettyjohn was part of an organized effort to blow up a building to collect insurance payouts, but he was never brought to trial due to his untimely death. Kimberlee Kruesi, Anchorage Daily News, 10 June 2021 Authorities say Pettyjohn was part of an organized effort to blow up a building to collect insurance payouts, but he was never brought to trial due to his untimely death. Time, 10 June 2021 The family thought the quarry would be the safest spot to blow up the explosive, which is typically sold over the counter as a target for firearms practice, police said. BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2021 Royal bodyguards, the Yeomen of the Guard, searched Parliament for bombs, a nod to a foiled plot to blow up the building by a group led by Guy Fawkes in 1605. Max Colchester, WSJ, 11 May 2021 The plan to blow up a bridge had previously been disclosed in an indictment. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2021 The family thought the quarry would be the safest spot to blow up the explosive, which is typically sold over the counter as a target for firearms practice, police said. Chron, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of blowup

Noun

1757, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1850, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1536, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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21 Jul 2021

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“Blowup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blowup. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for blowup

blowup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blowup

: a photograph that has been made larger
: an angry argument
: an occurrence in which someone becomes very angry : an angry outburst

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