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verb British English pronunciation: blow /bləʊ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyblow
he/she/itblows
present participleblowing
past tenseblew
past participleblown
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if wind or air blows, the air moves

    A strong wind was blowing across the moors.

    There's an awful draught blowing in through this window.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if something blows or is blown somewhere, the wind moves it there

      The wind was blowing snow along the street.

      A man died after being blown into the sea.

      Newspapers and plastic bags were blowing about in the wind.

      A strong gust of wind blew his hat off his head.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to push out air from your mouth

    He bent towards the candle and blew gently.

    If your soup's too hot, blow on it.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to move something by pushing out air from your mouth
      blow something off/away:

      She picked up a book and blew the dust off it.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to form something by pushing out air from your mouth
      blow bubbles:

      Two little boys were sitting on the steps, blowing bubbles.

      blow glass:

      Visitors can watch the men blowing glass in the workshop.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a sound by pushing air through something such as a whistle or a musical instrument

    The guard blew his whistle and the train started.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if something electrical blows, it stops working, usually because too much electricity has passed through it

    The light bulb in the projector had blown.

    A power surge blew all the fuses, and the house was plunged into darkness.

  5. 5

    blow

    or

    blow out

    [intransitive/transitive] if a tyre blows, or if you blow it, it bursts

    Kathy was turning the corner when one of the front tyres blew.

  6. 6
    [transitive] informal to destroy your own chance of succeeding, or to waste a good opportunity

    I've completely blown my diet with that piece of chocolate cake.

    blow it:

    We were in with a good chance for that contract but you've really blown it now!

  7. 7
    [transitive] informal to spend a lot of money quickly on things that you do not need

    He inherited a fortune but blew it on bad investments and a luxurious lifestyle.

  8. 8
    [transitive] American very informal to leave a place quickly

    Let's blow this joint.

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