blowup

noun blow·up \ ˈblō-ˌəp \
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018

Definition of blowup

plural blowups
: a blowing up: such as
a : explosion
b : an outburst of temper
c : enlargement 2
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

Examples of blowup in a Sentence

  1. The blowup of the photograph was easy to frame.

  2. The two of them had a big blowup about something trivial.

  3. The coach's latest blowup occurred when one of his players arrived late.

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First Known Use of blowup

1757


blow-up

adjective \ ˈblō-ˌəp \

Definition of blow-up

First Known Use of blow-up

1850


blow up

verb

Definition of blow up

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
1 a : 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
3 a : 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

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

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First Known Use of blow up

1536

blow up Synonyms

Synonyms

flare (up), flip (out) [slang];

Near Antonyms

chill out [slang], cool (off or down), relax;

hush, quiet (down);

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;


BLOWUP Defined for English Language Learners

blowup

Definition of blowup for English Language Learners

  • : 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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