blow upon

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

  1. To defame, discredit; make someone the subject of a scandal.
    • 1867, Dickens, Oliver Twist, chapter 13
      'I'm afraid,' said the Jew, 'that he may say something which will get us into trouble.'
      'That's very likely,' returned Sikes with a malicious grin. 'You're blowed upon, Fagin.'
  2. (informal, dated) To inform against.
    • Charles Lamb
      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.
    • Macaulay
      a lady's maid whose character had been blown upon
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
      If it wos so, which I still don't say it is (for I will not prewaricate to you, sir), let that there boy keep his father's place, and take care of his mother; don't blow upon that boy's father — do not do it, sir — and let that father go into the line of the reg'lar diggin', and make amends for what he would have undug []


  • Blown upon - E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898 - hosted at