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A strong wind was blowing across the moors.
There’s an awful draught blowing in through this window.
He bent towards the candle and blew gently.
If your soup’s too hot, blow on it.
The guard blew his whistle and the train started.
The light bulb in the projector had blown.
A power surge blew all the fuses, and the house was plunged into darkness.
Kathy was turning the corner when one of the front tyres blew.
I’ve completely blown my diet with that piece of chocolate cake.
We were in with a good chance for that contract but you’ve really blown it now!
He inherited a fortune but blew it on bad investments and a luxurious lifestyle.
He threatened to blow my brains out if I didn’t hand over the money.
One mistake could blow our agent’s cover and ruin years of careful investigation.
The note passed to the bank clerk threatened to blow his head off.
Oh blow it! Now I’ll have to start all over again.
Her testimony may blow the lid off the CIA’s activities in Latin America.
To see him perform on stage just blew my mind.
The entire car was blown to bits when the device went off.
People should be able to blow the whistle on corruption without losing their jobs.
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