blow

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: blow

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vn
be in motion due to some air or water current
a strong current of air
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vn
exhale hard
forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth
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v
make a mess of, destroy or ruin
4
n
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
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v
leave; informal or rude
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n
street names for cocaine
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v
lay eggs
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v
show off
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: blow
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v be in motion due to some air or water current

“The leaves were blowing in the wind”
Synonyms:
be adrift, drift, float
float
move lightly, as if suspended
drift
cause to be carried by a current
Types:
waft
be driven or carried along, as by the air
tide
be carried with the tide
stream
to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v cause to move by means of an air current

“The wind blew the leaves around in the yard”
Types:
whiff
drive or carry as if by a puff of air
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v be blowing or storming

“The wind blew from the West”
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breeze
blow gently and lightly
set in
blow toward the shore
waft
blow gently
storm
blow hard
squall
blow in a squall
bluster
blow hard; be gusty, as of wind

v cause air to go in, on, or through

Blow my hair dry”
Types:
blast
apply a draft or strong wind to to
Type of:
direct, send
cause to go somewhere

v cause to be revealed and jeopardized

“The story blew their cover”
“The double agent was blown by the other side”
Type of:
break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap
make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

n a strong current of air

Synonyms:
blast, gust
Types:
bluster
a violent gusty wind
sandblast
a blast of wind laden with sand
puff, puff of air, whiff
a short light gust of air
Type of:
air current, current of air, wind
air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
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v exhale hard

blow on the soup to cool it down”
Types:
gasp, heave, pant, puff
breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
chuff, huff, puff
blow hard and loudly
insufflate
blow or breathe hard on or into
Type of:
breathe out, exhale, expire
expel air

v free of obstruction by blowing air through

blow one's nose”
Type of:
discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
eliminate (a substance)

v spout moist air from the blowhole

“The whales blew
Type of:
gush, spirt, spout, spurt
gush forth in a sudden stream or jet

v play or sound a wind instrument

“She blew the horn”
Type of:
sound
cause to sound

v sound by having air expelled through a tube

“The trumpets blew
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v make a sound as if blown

“The whistle blew
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v allow to regain its breath

blow a horse”
Type of:
rest
give a rest to

v shape by blowing

Blow a glass vase”
Type of:
form, shape
give shape or form to

v provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation

Synonyms:
fellate, go down on, suck
Type of:
excite, stimulate, stir
stir feelings in

n forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth

“he gave his nose a loud blow
“he blew out all the candles with a single puff”
Synonyms:
puff
Types:
insufflation
an act of blowing or breathing on or into something
Type of:
breathing out, exhalation, expiration
the act of expelling air from the lungs
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v make a mess of, destroy or ruin

v spend thoughtlessly; throw away

Synonyms:
squander, waste
Antonyms:
conserve, economise, economize, husband
use cautiously and frugally
Types:
burn
spend (significant amounts of money)
Type of:
expend, use
use up, consume fully

v spend lavishly or wastefully on

“He blew a lot of money on his new home theater”
Synonyms
squander, waste
spend thoughtlessly; throw away
Type of:
drop, expend, spend
pay out

v melt, break, or become otherwise unusable

“The lightbulbs blew out”
“The fuse blew
Synonyms:
blow out, burn out
Type of:
break, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad
stop operating or functioning

v burst suddenly

“The tire blew
“We blew a tire”
Type of:
break open, burst, split
come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure
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n a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

“a blow on the head”
Types:
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backhander
a backhanded blow
clip
a sharp slanting blow
belt, knock, rap, whack, whang
the act of hitting vigorously
thwack
a hard blow with a flat object
slap, smack, smacking
the act of smacking something; a blow delivered with an open hand
smacker
a very powerful blow with the fist
knockdown
a blow that knocks the opponent off his feet
KO, kayo, knockout
a blow that renders the opponent unconscious
swat
a sharp blow
lash, whip, whiplash
a quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object
biff, clout, lick, poke, punch, slug
(boxing) a blow with the fist
box
a blow with the hand (usually on the ear)
boot, kick, kicking
the act of delivering a blow with the foot
counterblow
a return blow; a retaliatory blow
swing
a sweeping blow or stroke
knife thrust, stab, thrust
a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
stinger
a sharp stinging blow
thump
a heavy blow with the hand
uppercut
a swinging blow directed upward (especially at an opponent's chin)
hammer, hammering, pound, pounding
the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)
shot
a blow hard enough to cause injury
wallop
a severe blow
TKO, technical knockout
a knockout declared by the referee who judges one boxer unable to continue
spank
a slap with the flat of the hand
counter, counterpunch, parry
a return punch (especially by a boxer)
KO punch, Sunday punch, haymaker, knockout punch
a hard punch that renders the opponent unable to continue boxing
hook
a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
jab
a quick short straight punch
rabbit punch
a short chopping blow to the back of the neck
sucker punch
an unexpected punch
goal-kick
(association football) a kick by the defending side after the attacking side sends the ball over the goal-line
goal-kick
(rugby) an attempt to kick a goal
punt, punting
(football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground
place kick, place-kicking
(sports) a kick in which the ball is placed on the ground before kicking
dropkick
(football) kicking (as for a field goal) in which the football is dropped and kicked as it touches the ground
lunge, passado, straight thrust
(fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward
remise
(fencing) a second thrust made on the same lunge (as when your opponent fails to riposte)
cheap shot
an illegal and unsportsmanlike act of unnecessary violence
Type of:
stroke
a single complete movement

n an impact (as from a collision)

Synonyms:
bump
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jar, jolt, jounce, shock
a sudden jarring impact
concussion
any violent blow
rap, strike, tap
a gentle blow
bang, bash, belt, knock, smash
a vigorous blow
buffeting, pounding
repeated heavy blows
sideswipe
a glancing blow from or on the side of something (especially motor vehicles)
slap, smack
a blow from a flat object (as an open hand)
Type of:
impact
the striking of one body against another

n an unpleasant or disappointing surprise

Synonyms:
shock
Types:
blip
a sudden minor shock or meaningless interruption
Type of:
surprise
a sudden unexpected event

n an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

Synonyms:
black eye, reversal, reverse, setback
Types:
whammy
a serious or devastating setback
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens
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v leave; informal or rude

Blow now!”
Synonyms:
shove along, shove off
Type of:
depart, go, go away
move away from a place into another direction
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n street names for cocaine

Synonyms:
C, coke, nose candy, snow
Type of:
cocain, cocaine
a narcotic (alkaloid) extracted from coca leaves; used as a surface anesthetic or taken for pleasure; can become powerfully addictive
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v lay eggs

“certain insects are said to blow
Type of:
lay, put down, repose
put in a horizontal position
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v show off

Synonyms:
bluster, boast, brag, gas, gasconade, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt
Types:
puff
speak in a blustering or scornful manner
crow, gloat, triumph
dwell on with satisfaction
congratulate, preen
pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
Type of:
amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
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