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noun [countable] blow pronunciation in British English /bləʊ/
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singularblow
pluralblows
  1. 1
    a hard hit from someones hand or an object
    The victim was apparently killed by a blow to the head with a heavy object.
    They knocked him down and pummelled him with blows.
  2. 2
    an event that spoils your chances of success
    Losing a second match would be a major blow to his world title hopes.
    deal a blow to something: The closure of the factory dealt a devastating blow to the local economy.
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    1. a.
      an event that causes you to feel very sad, disappointed, or shocked
      a real blow: Her mother’s death was a real blow to her.
      come as a blow: It came as a bit of a blow when he found out she was married.
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