overblow

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From over- +‎ blow (to flower, bloom).

Verb[edit]

overblow (third-person singular simple present overblows, present participle overblowing, simple past overblew, past participle overblown)

  1. (transitive) To cover with blossoms or flowers.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English overblowen, equivalent to over- +‎ blow.

Verb[edit]

overblow (third-person singular simple present overblows, present participle overblowing, simple past overblew, past participle overblown)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To blow over; pass over; pass away.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 2 scene 2
      But art thou not drown'd, Stephano? I hope now thou are / not drown'd. Is the storm overblown?
  2. (intransitive) To blow hard or with much violence.
  3. (transitive) To blow over or across.
  4. (transitive) To blow away; dissipate by or as by wind.
  5. (transitive) To exaggerate the significance of something.
    • 2006, Jock Lauterer, Community Journalism: Relentlessly Local
      if you do print the DUI story and sensationalize and overblow it
  6. (transitive, music) To blow a wind instrument hard to produce a higher pitch than usual.
    • 1909, Leander Jan Bekker, Stokes' Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians
      The upper octaves of the flute's compass are produced by overblowing.
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