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noun [countable] British English pronunciation: blow /bləʊ/ 
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singularblow
pluralblows
  1. 1
    a hard hit from someone's 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.

    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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