To blow off
Blow Blow, v. t. 1. To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means; as, to blow the fire. [1913 Webster]

2. To drive by a current air; to impel; as, the tempest blew the ship ashore. [1913 Webster]

Off at sea northeast winds blow Sabean odors from the spicy shore. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause air to pass through by the action of the mouth, or otherwise; to cause to sound, as a wind instrument; as, to blow a trumpet; to blow an organ; to blow a horn. [1913 Webster]

Hath she no husband That will take pains to blow a horn before her? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Boy, blow the pipe until the bubble rise, Then cast it off to float upon the skies. --Parnell. [1913 Webster]

4. To clear of contents by forcing air through; as, to blow an egg; to blow one's nose. [1913 Webster]

5. To burst, shatter, or destroy by an explosion; -- usually with up, down, open, or similar adverb; as, to blow up a building. [1913 Webster]

6. To spread by report; to publish; to disclose; to reveal, intentionally or inadvertently; as, to blow an agent's cover. [1913 Webster]

Through the court his courtesy was blown. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

His language does his knowledge blow. --Whiting. [1913 Webster]

7. To form by inflation; to swell by injecting air; as, to blow bubbles; to blow glass. [1913 Webster]

8. To inflate, as with pride; to puff up. [1913 Webster]

Look how imagination blows him. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

9. To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue; as, to blow a horse. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

10. To deposit eggs or larv[ae] upon, or in (meat, etc.). [1913 Webster]

To suffer The flesh fly blow my mouth. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

11. To perform an act of fellatio on; to stimulate another's penis with one's mouth; -- usually considered vulgar. [slang] [PJC]

12. to smoke (e. g. marijuana); to blow pot. [colloq.] [PJC]

13. to botch; to bungle; as, he blew his chance at a good job by showing up late for the interview. [colloq.] [PJC]

14. to leave; to depart from; as, to blow town. [slang] [PJC]

15. to squander; as, he blew his inheritance gambling. [colloq.] [PJC]

{To blow great guns}, to blow furiously and with roaring blasts; -- said of the wind at sea or along the coast.

{To blow off}, to empty (a boiler) of water through the blow-off pipe, while under steam pressure; also, to eject (steam, water, sediment, etc.) from a boiler.

{To blow one's own trumpet}, to vaunt one's own exploits, or sound one's own praises.

{To blow out}, to extinguish by a current of air, as a candle.

{To blow up}. (a) To fill with air; to swell; as, to blow up a bladder or bubble. (b) To inflate, as with pride, self-conceit, etc.; to puff up; as, to blow one up with flattery. ``Blown up with high conceits engendering pride.'' --Milton. (c) To excite; as, to blow up a contention. (d) To burst, to raise into the air, or to scatter, by an explosion; as, to blow up a fort. (e) To scold violently; as, to blow up a person for some offense. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

I have blown him up well -- nobody can say I wink at what he does. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

{To blow upon}. (a) To blast; to taint; to bring into discredit; to render stale, unsavory, or worthless. (b) To inform against. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

How far the very custom of hearing anything spouted withers and blows upon a fine passage, may be seen in those speeches from [Shakespeare's] Henry V. which are current in the mouths of schoolboys. --C. Lamb. [1913 Webster]

A lady's maid whose character had been blown upon. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • To blow off — Blow Blow, v. i. [imp. {Blew} (bl[=u]); p. p. {Blown} (bl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Blowing}.] [OE. blawen, blowen, AS. bl[=a]wan to blow, as wind; akin to OHG. pl[=a]jan, G. bl[ a]hen, to blow up, swell, L. flare to blow, Gr. ekflai nein to spout… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To strike off — Strike Strike, v. t. [imp. {Struck}; p. p. {Struck}, {Stricken}({Stroock}, {Strucken}, Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Striking}. Struck is more commonly used in the p. p. than stricken.] [OE. striken to strike, proceed, flow, AS. str[=i]can to go,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To knock off — Knock Knock (n[o^]k), v. t. 1. To strike with something hard or heavy; to move by striking; to drive (a thing) against something; as, to knock a ball with a bat; to knock the head against a post; to knock a lamp off the table. [1913 Webster] When …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To smite off — Smite Smite (sm[imac]t), v. t. [imp. {Smote} (sm[=o]t), rarely {Smit} (sm[i^]t); p. p. {Smitten} (sm[i^]t t n), rarely {Smit}, or {Smote}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smiting} (sm[imac]t [i^]ng).] [AS. sm[=i]tan to smite, to soil, pollute; akin to OFries.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To come off — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To fall off — Fall Fall (f[add]l), v. i. [imp. {Fell} (f[e^]l); p. p. {Fallen} (f[add]l n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Falling}.] [AS. feallan; akin to D. vallen, OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen, Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere to deceive, Gr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To bear off — Bear Bear (b[^a]r), v. t. [imp. {Bore} (b[=o]r) (formerly {Bare} (b[^a]r)); p. p. {Born} (b[^o]rn), {Borne} (b[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bearing}.] [OE. beren, AS. beran, beoran, to bear, carry, produce; akin to D. baren to bring forth, G. geb[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To break off — Break Break (br[=a]k), v. t. [imp. {broke} (br[=o]k), (Obs. {Brake}); p. p. {Broken} (br[=o] k n), (Obs. {Broke}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Breaking}.] [OE. breken, AS. brecan; akin to OS. brekan, D. breken, OHG. brehhan, G. brechen, Icel. braka to creak …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To hit off — Hit Hit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hit}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hitting}.] [OE. hitten, hutten, of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. hitte to hit, find, Sw. & Icel. hitta.] 1. To reach with a stroke or blow; to strike or touch, usually with force; especially, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To hold off — Hold Hold, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Held}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Holding}. {Holden}, p. p., is obs. in elegant writing, though still used in legal language.] [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. h[*a]lla, Goth. haldan to feed,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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