blowout

When something stops working or breaks down, you can call it a blowout. The blowout of a city's electrical system can be a particularly big problem.

A blowout most often involves air or gas pressure — a blowout when you're driving on the highway is a popped tire. You can also use the word to mean a really easy victory in sports, like your favorite football team's blowout victory over its rival. Yet another meaning of blowout is a fabulous party: "Let's have a blowout to celebrate your twenty-first birthday!" The original, colloquial American meaning of blowout was "outburst," or what might today be called a "blow up."

Primary Meanings of blowout

1.
n
an easy victory
2.
n
a sudden malfunction of a part or apparatus
3.
n
a joyful festivity
Full Definitions of blowout
1

n an easy victory

Synonyms:
laugher, romp, runaway, shoo-in, walkaway
Type of:
triumph, victory
a successful ending of a struggle or contest
2

n a sudden malfunction of a part or apparatus

“the right front tire had a blowout
“as a result of the blowout we lost all the lights”
Type of:
malfunction
a failure to function normally
3

n a joyful festivity

Synonyms:
gala, gala affair, jamboree
Type of:
celebration, festivity
any joyous diversion

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