blow out

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From Middle English blow out, blowe out, dissimilated forms of earlier Middle English outblowen, ut-blawen (> English outblow), equivalent to blow +‎ out. Compare West Frisian útblaze (to blow out), Dutch uitblazen (to blow out), German ausblähen and ausblasen (to blow out), Danish blæse ud (to blow out), Swedish blåsa ut (to blow out).


blow out (third-person singular simple present blows out, present participle blowing out, simple past blew out, past participle blown out)

  1. (transitive) To extinguish something, especially a flame.
    He blew out the match.
  2. (intransitive) To deflate quickly on being punctured.
    The tire blew out on a corner.
  3. (sports, transitive) In a sporting contest, to dominate and defeat an opposing team, especially by a large scoring margin.
    The No. 1-rated football team proceeded to blow out its undermanned opponent.
  4. (transitive) to exhaust; to physically tire
    • 2011 December 29, Keith Jackson, “SPL: Celtic 1 Rangers 0”, in Daily Record[1]:
      And although they were pushed harder than even Lennon might have expected on a night of galeforce winds, they clung on to the lead Ledley gave them for all they were worth until their rivals had blown themselves out and surrendered top spot.
  5. To be driven out by the expansive force of a gas or vapour.
    A steam cock or valve sometimes blows out.
  6. (slang, vulgar, archaic) To talk violently or abusively.
  7. (informal, slang) To sing out, sing out loud

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