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English noun: blow

1. blow (act) a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

SamplesA blow on the head.

Broader (hypernym)stroke

Narrower (hyponym)backhander, belt, biff, boot, box, clip, clout, counterblow, hammer, hammering, kayo, kick, kicking, knife thrust, knock, knockdown, knockout, KO, lash, lick, poke, pound, pounding, punch, rap, shot, slap, slug, smack, smacker, smacking, stab, stinger, swat, swing, thrust, thump, thwack, uppercut, wallop, whack, whang, whip, whiplash

Part meronymcombat, fight, fighting, scrap

2. blow (event) an impact (as from a collision)

SamplesThe bump threw him off the bicycle.


Broader (hypernym)impact

Narrower (hyponym)bang, bash, belt, buffeting, concussion, jar, jolt, jounce, knock, pounding, rap, shock, sideswipe, slap, smack, smash, strike, tap

3. blow (event) an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

Synonymsblack eye, reversal, reverse, setback

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)whammy

4. blow (event) an unpleasant or disappointing surprise

SamplesIt came as a shock to learn that he was injured.


Broader (hypernym)surprise

Narrower (hyponym)blip

5. blow (phenomenon) a strong current of air

SamplesThe tree was bent almost double by the gust.

Synonymsblast, gust

Broader (hypernym)air current, current of air, wind

Narrower (hyponym)bluster, puff, puff of air, sandblast, whiff

6. blow (artifact) street names for cocaine

SynonymsC, coke, nose candy, snow

Broader (hypernym)cocain, cocaine

7. blow (act) forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth

SamplesHe gave his nose a loud blow.
He blew out all the candles with a single puff.


Broader (hypernym)breathing out, exhalation, expiration

Narrower (hyponym)insufflation

English verb: blow

1. blow (body) exhale hard

SamplesBlow on the soup to cool it down.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)breathe out, exhale, expire

Narrower (hyponym)chuff, gasp, heave, huff, insufflate, pant, puff, puff

2. blow (weather) be blowing or storming

SamplesThe wind blew from the West.

ExamplesIt was blowing all day long

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
It is ----ing.
Something is ----ing PP

Narrower (hyponym)bluster, breeze, set in, squall, storm, waft

3. blow (body) free of obstruction by blowing air through

SamplesBlow one's nose.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release

4. blow (motion) be in motion due to some air or water current

SamplesThe leaves were blowing in the wind.
The boat drifted on the lake.
The sailboat was adrift on the open sea.
The shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore.

Synonymsbe adrift, drift, float

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)stream, tide, waft

Verb groupdrift, float

5. blow (perception) make a sound as if blown

SamplesThe whistle blew.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

Verb groupblow

6. blow (change) shape by blowing

SamplesBlow a glass vase.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

7. blow (social) make a mess of, destroy or ruin

SamplesI botched the dinner and we had to eat out.
The pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement.

Synonymsball up, bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, fumble, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, muff, screw up, spoil

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fail, go wrong, miscarry

8. blow (possession) spend thoughtlessly; throw away

SamplesHe wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends.
You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree.

Synonymssquander, waste

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)expend, use

Narrower (hyponym)burn

Verb groupblow

Antonymseconomize, husband, economise, conserve

9. blow (possession) spend lavishly or wastefully on

SamplesHe blew a lot of money on his new home theater.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something on somebody

Broader (hypernym)drop, expend, spend

Verb groupblow, squander, waste

10. blow (perception) sound by having air expelled through a tube

SamplesThe trumpets blew.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

Verb groupblow

11. blow (perception) play or sound a wind instrument

SamplesShe blew the horn.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)sound

Verb groupblow, blow

12. blow (perception) provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation

Synonymsfellate, go down on, suck

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)excite, stimulate, stir

13. blow (motion) cause air to go in, on, or through

SamplesBlow my hair dry.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)direct, send

Narrower (hyponym)blast

14. blow (motion) cause to move by means of an air current

SamplesThe wind blew the leaves around in the yard.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)whiff

15. blow (motion) spout moist air from the blowhole

SamplesThe whales blew.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)gush, spirt, spout, spurt

16. blow (motion) leave; informal or rude

SamplesShove off!.
The children shoved along.
Blow now!.

Synonymsshove along, shove off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)depart, go, go away

17. blow (contact) lay eggs

SamplesCertain insects are said to blow.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)lay, put down, repose

18. blow (communication) cause to be revealed and jeopardized

SamplesThe story blew their cover.
The double agent was blown by the other side.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap

19. blow (communication) show off

Synonymsbluster, boast, brag, gas, gasconade, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate

Narrower (hyponym)crow, gloat, puff, triumph

20. blow (communication) allow to regain its breath

SamplesBlow a horse.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)rest

21. blow (change) melt, break, or become otherwise unusable

SamplesThe lightbulbs blew out.
The fuse blew.

Synonymsblow out, burn out

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)break, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad

22. blow (change) burst suddenly

SamplesThe tire blew.
We blew a tire.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break open, burst, split

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