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blowout (plural blowouts)

  1. A sudden puncturing of a pneumatic tyre/tire.
  2. A sudden release of oil and gas from a well.
  3. (slang) A social function, especially one with large quantities of food.
  4. (slang) A large or extravagant meal.
    • 2011, Fodor's Normandy, Brittany & the Best of the North: with Paris
      The dining room at Alain Ducasse's flagship Paris restaurant gleams with 10,000 crystals, confirming that this is the flashiest place in town for a blowout meal.
  5. (slang, sports) A sporting contest that is decidedly one-sided and whose outcome is no longer in doubt.
    The game between the two teams was nothing but a blowout.
  6. (slang) An argument; an altercation.
    • 2014, Christine Pope, Star Crossed (page 141)
      The day my aunt and I had talked was just as vivid to me now as it had been eight years ago, when I'd had a blowout with my mother over my decision to go to school in Tucson rather than staying safely up here in northern Arizona.
  7. (geology) A sandy depression in a sand dune ecosystem caused by the removal of sediments by wind.
  8. (Australia) An extreme and unexpected increase in costs, such as in government estimates for a project.
  9. The cleaning of the flues of a boiler from scale, etc., by a blast of steam.
  10. An unsightly flap of skin caused by an ear piercing that is too large.

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