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."

Definitions of blowout
  1. noun
    an easy victory
    synonyms: laugher, romp, runaway, shoo-in, walkaway
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    type of:
    triumph, victory
    a successful ending of a struggle or contest
  2. noun
    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”
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    type of:
    malfunction
    a failure to function normally
  3. noun
    a joyful festivity
    synonyms: gala, gala affair, jamboree
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    type of:
    celebration, festivity
    any joyous diversion
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