blow-by-blow

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Etymology[edit]

Probably from the detailed description of a fight or boxing match, where a "blow" means a hit or a landed punch.

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blow-by-blow (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Detailing every action or occurrence completely.
    He gave a blow-by-blow account of the entire trip.
    • 2000, Yunzhong Shu, Buglers on the Home Front: The Wartime Practice of the Qiyue School, State University of New York Press, ISBN 0791444376, chapter 2, page 58:
      In a lapidary style, Qiu Dongping clearly and forcefully describes battlefield actions with simple sentences, giving a blow-by-blow account of successive events with neither understatement nor exaggeration.

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Noun[edit]

blow-by-blow (plural blow-by-blows)

  1. (idiomatic) An account, description, or commentary including every detail of the action or event.
    The media published a blow-by-blow of the trial as it happened.

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