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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyblow out
he/she/itblows out
present participleblowing out
past tenseblew out
past participleblown out
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if you blow out a flame, or if it blows out, it stops burning because you blow on it or because of the wind
    He blew out all 60 candles on his birthday cake.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a window blows out, or if something blows it out, it breaks into pieces that fall outside the building
    The bomb blew out all the windows on the bus.
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  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] same as blow1 (sense 5)
    He was driving on the motorway when one of his front tyres blew out.
  4. 4
    [transitive] mainly American informal to defeat someone easily
    They’ve blown out every team they’ve played this season.
See also main entry: blow


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