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blast to smithereens

To explode or otherwise destroy something into tiny, fragmentary pieces. Smithereens, first appearing in 1829 as "smiddereens," is likely derived from the Irish word "smidirín" or "smidiríní," meaning fragment. The demolition crew came in and blasted the house to smithereens. The small band of rebels didn't stand a chance; they were blasted to smithereens as soon as the loyalists had them in sight.
See also: blast, smithereens

a blast from the past

Someone or something that evokes a sense of nostalgia. Bumping into my old high school sweetheart in the grocery store was a real blast from the past. Wow, I used to have this baseball card when I was kid. What a blast from the past!
See also: blast, past

at full blast

To the maximum level. It's so cold that I had the heat in my car going at full blast.
See also: blast, full

blast away

1. To be extremely loud. If grandma's TV is blasting away, gently remind her to put in her hearing aids.
2. To vehemently criticize someone or something. The senator's disgusted constituents blasted away at him during the town hall meeting.
See also: away, blast

blast off

1. To shoot upward from the ground, as of a rocket. The rocket blasted off successfully and is now headed for the moon. My kids love blasting off toy rockets in the backyard and seeing how high they'll go.
2. To ignite an exploding device, such as fireworks. Our poor dog is hiding under the bed because our neighbors celebrate the Fourth of July by blasting off tons of fireworks.
3. To use an explosion to destroy or remove something. After the emergency crew blasted off some rocks, they were able to free the trapped hikers from the cave.
4. To amputate by means of an explosion. I'm really worried my fool husband is going to blast off a hand while playing with those fireworks!
5. To depart very quickly. The robbers blasted off when they heard the approaching sirens.
6. To strike with a lot of force in order to remove something, as with a pressure washer or sandblaster. In this usage, a noun can be used between "blast" and "off." The sidewalk looks so clean this morning! I guess someone from the township blasted all the stains off of it. We can blast off that graffiti with the pressure washer.
See also: blast, off

blast (someone or something) to kingdom come

1. slang To kill someone with gunfire or an explosive device. "Kingdom come," a phrase taken from the Lord's Prayer, refers to heaven or the afterlife. The robber waved his gun and shouted, "Get back, or I'll blast you to kingdom come!"
2. slang To destroy something with an explosion. If we blast these rocks to kingdom come, we should be able to rescue the trapped hikers from the cave.
See also: blast, come, kingdom

have a blast

To have a very fun or exciting time (doing something). A: "So, how was the ski trip?" B: "We had a blast!" The kids are having a blast running around the beach all day.
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full blast

The maximum level. It's so cold that I had the heat in my car going at full blast.
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*at full blast

using full power; as loudly as possible. (*Typically: be on ~; play ~; play something ~; run ~; run something ~.) The neighbors had their televisions on at full blast. The car radio was on at full blast. We couldn't hear what the driver was saying.
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blast off

 (for some place)
1. [for a space vehicle] to take off and head toward a destination. The rocket blasted off for the moon. Will it blast off on time?
2. Sl. [for someone] to leave for a destination quickly. Ann blasted off for the library so she could study. I've got to blast off. It's late.
See also: blast, off

blast (something) off (something else)

to remove something from something else with a powerful charge, pressure, or force. They blasted the writing off the wall with a stream of sand. We will have to blast the paint off the wall.
See also: blast, off

have a blast

Inf. to have a great time; to have a lot of fun. The food was good and we had a blast. Thanks for inviting us to the party.
See also: blast, have

blast off

1. Also, blast away. Take off or be launched, especially into space, as in They're scheduled to blast off on Tuesday. This usage originated with the development of powerful rockets, spacecraft, and astronauts, to all of which it was applied. [c. 1950]
2. Depart, clear out, as in This party's over; let's blast off now. [Slang; early 1950s]
3. Become excited or high, especially from using drugs, as in They give parties where people blast off. [Slang; c. 1960]
See also: blast, off

full blast

Also, at full blast. At full power, with great energy; also, as loud as possible. For example, The committee is working full blast on the plans, or The fanfare featured the trumpets at full blast. This expression transfers the strong currents of air used in furnaces to anything being done at full power. [Late 1700s]
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a blast from the past

INFORMAL
A blast from the past is something that reminds you of an earlier time. Originally presented between 1988 and 1993, these movies are still funny and a true blast from the past. Cricket legend Allan Border gave fans a blast from the past when played for the Australian team against England in Hobart yesterday.
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full blast

COMMON If something is on or happening full blast, it is on or happening as loudly or as much as possible. Adam turned the heater on full blast. The radio was playing full blast. Note: People often also say that something is on or happening at full blast. Playing Coldplay albums at full blast is hardly going to help now, is it?
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a blast from the past

something powerfully nostalgic, especially an old pop song. informal
1997 Time Out N.Y. Tonight's act is a tribute to Curtis Mayfield , featuring three blasts from the past: The Impressions…The Stylistics and The Dramatics.
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a ˌblast from the ˈpast

(informal) a person or thing from your past that you see, hear, meet, etc. again in the present: This song is real blast from the past.
See also: blast, past

(at) full ˈblast

with great noise, power, speed, etc: Tom had his radio on at full blast — it was deafening.The heating was on full blast all day.
See also: blast, full

blast off

v.
1. To be launched off the ground. Used of rockets: The astronauts were strapped in their seats and ready to blast off.
2. To launch some rocket from the ground: The space agency needs a new location to blast off its spacecraft. The kids set up their model rockets on the field and blasted them off.
3. To explode or fire something: I blasted off some firecrackers during the celebration. I put some bullets in the gun and blasted a few rounds off to test it.
4. To dislodge or remove something with an explosion: Be careful not to blast your fingers off with that loaded gun! To make room for the new road, the workers blasted off a large rock from the side of the hill.
5. Slang To depart for a destination: We need to blast off right now if we are going to get to the party on time.
See also: blast, off

beer blast

and beer bust
n. a beer-drinking party; a beer binge. Kelly’s having a beer blast at his place, starting tonight. Dad, I think your “beer bust” is called something else now.
See also: beer, blast

blast

1. n. an exciting party. What a blast we had!
2. n. a thrill; a kick. The roller coaster was a blast.
3. tv. to shoot someone with a gun. The speeding car drove by, and somebody tried to blast him with a machine gun.
4. tv. to attack or criticize someone or something verbally. He blasted his brother until we all left in embarrassment.
5. n. a verbal attack. The senator leveled a blast at the administration.
6. n. the kick or rush from taking or injecting a drug. (Drugs.) With a blast like that, somebody’s gonna get hooked fast.

blast off (for somewhere)

in. [for someone] to leave for a destination quickly. I’ve got to blast off. It’s late.
See also: blast, off, somewhere

blast off

verb
See also: blast, off

full blast

mod. as strongly as possible. He honked the horn full blast for a long time.
See also: blast, full

full blast

At full speed, volume, or capacity: turned the radio up full blast.
See also: blast, full
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Though the blasting work won't stop except on Sundays, each day's work will involve only three or four rounds of timed explosion sequences, each lasting about 10 seconds, Revey said.
With ordinary sand blasting, there is no recovery system and the sand is disposed of after it is used.
With sand blasting, you lost 100 per cent of the material.
in Timmins prepares to use a steel-grit blasting system, the safest in the north for workers' health.
This condition led a foundry using ultrasonics to begin removing the majority of the coating by a light steel shot blasting prior to the ultrasonic cleaning.
a foundry praises olivine sand (70, 90, 120, and 180 grit) as it has experienced minimal wear on its molds as long as blasting "is done properly;"
In addition, 61% of the foundries reported using an abrasive operation other than blasting as part of their mold cleaning process.
In addition, toxic fumes inherent with conventional blasting are eliminated when our electrically energized cartridges are substituted for high explosives.
In terms of the number of impacts on the workpiece, this results in about 36,270,000 fewer impacts per minute of blasting time.
Low abrasive levels are a common reason for longer cycle times, and they typically go unnoticed as the operator prepares the next load for blasting and doesn't see the drop in the amps.
In most foundries, there is plenty of room for improvement to the blasting process, particularly in cycle time and the incidence of over-blasting.
The optimum method appeared to be a combination of chemical dipping and grit blasting with glass beads.
Although the process is similar in nature to grit blasting, there are two significant differences: * The dry ice pellets do not clean by
This mechanical blasting process is non-abrasive, allowing for the cleaning of equipment without affecting the close tolerance of the machined surfaces.