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verb     blast pronunciation in British English
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present participleblasting
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past participleblasted
  1. 1
    [transitive]Sound effect to damage or destroy something with a bomb or gun
    blast a hole in something:

    An enemy submarine blasted a huge hole in the side of the ship.

    blast something off:

    It took two shots to blast the lock off the door.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to destroy or move earth, rock, or metal using a series of explosions

      They had to blast their way through the mountainside to build the tunnel.

      blast through:

      They blasted through several metres of solid steel.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to shoot a person or animal

      He blasted the intruders with his shotgun.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to hit something with a lot of energy or force

    Rain blasted through the window.

    blast someone/something with something:

    To clean the building they blasted it with steam.

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  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if music blasts, or if it is blasted, it plays very loudly
    blast out:

    Music was blasting out from the open window.

    1. a.
      to make a loud sound with a car horn

      He was an impatient driver and kept blasting his horn.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to criticize someone very strongly

    In today’s Times, the proposal is blasted as ‘pathetic and inadequate’.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to kick or hit a ball very hard

    Jones blasted the ball into the back of the goal.

  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] British spoken used for showing that you are angry
    blast it!:

    Oh blast it! I forgot to ring Laura.

    blast someone/something:

    Blast them! They’re always late!

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