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blow off

1. verb Literally, of air, to move something off of a surface. In this usage, a noun can be used between "blow" and "off." That wind today blew off all of the clothes I'd hung on the clothesline. Thank you so much for blowing the snow off of my car!
2. verb, slang To ignore a planned event or responsibility, often to do something frivolous instead. In this usage, a noun can be used between "blow" and "off." I blew off class this afternoon and went to the mall instead. Tom and I were supposed to go on a date tonight, but he totally blew me off!
3. verb To engage in frivolous or unproductive activities. Stop blowing off and just work on your paper!
4. verb To explode off of something, typically due to an increase in pressure that must be released. If you keep shaking that bottle of soda, the cap is going to blow off!
5. verb To voice one's anger or frustration. I'm sorry to rant like that, but work is so frustrating right now that I needed to blow off a little.
6. noun An argument. The phrase is often hyphenated in this usage. Have you two reconciled after your blow-off last week?
7. noun The act of ignoring someone. I thought our date went well, but he seems to be giving me the blow off now—he hasn't called in days.
8. noun The last in a series of recurring offenses or problems that causes one to finally lose patience. The phrase is often hyphenated in this usage. My mom's catty comments usually annoy me, but when she insulted my husband, that was the blow off!
9. noun Something that is very easy to do. The phrase is often hyphenated in this usage. Come on, these chores are a blow-off—you can get them done in 10 minutes.
10. noun One who prioritizes frivolous activities over important or productive ones. The phrase is often hyphenated in this usage. Stop being such a blow-off and just work on your paper!
11. vulgar slang To perform oral sex on a man.
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blow off

 
1. Lit. [for something] to be carried off something by moving air. The leaves of the trees blew off in the strong wind. My papers blew off the table.
2. Lit. [for a valve or pressure-maintaining device] to be forced off or away by high pressure. (See the examples.) The safety valve blew off and all the pressure escaped. The valve blew off, making a loud pop.
3. Fig. [for someone] to become angry; to lose one's temper; to blow off (some) steam. I just needed to blow off. Sorry for the outburst. I blew off at her.
4. Sl. to goof off; to waste time; to procrastinate. You blow off too much. All your best time is gone—blown off.
5. Sl. a time-waster; a goof-off. (Usually blow-off.) Fred is such a blow-off! Get busy. I don't pay blow-offs around here.
6. Sl. something that can be done easily or without much effort. (Usually blow-off.) Oh, that is just a blow-off. Nothing to it. The test was easy—a blow-off.
7. and blow someone or something off Sl. to ignore someone or something; to skip an appointment with someone; to not attend something where one is expected. He decided to sleep in and blow this class off. It wasn't right for you to just blow off an old friend the way you did.
8. and blow someone off Sl. to ignore someone in order to end a romantic or other relationship. She knew that he had blown her off when he didn't even call her for a month. Steve blew off Rachel before he started seeing Jane.
9. Sl the final insult; an event that causes a dispute. (Usually blow-off.) The blow-off was a call from some girl named Lulu who asked for Snookums. When the blow-off happened, nobody was expecting anything.
10. Sl. a dispute; an argument. (Usually blow-off.) After a blow-off like that, we all need a break. There was a big blow-off in the office today.
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blow off

1. Vent one's strong feelings; see blow off steam.
2. Disregard, ignore; evade something important. For example, If you blow off your homework, you're bound to run into trouble on the exam. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
3. Overcome, defeat easily, as in With Rob pitching, we'll have no trouble blowing off the opposing team. [Slang; 1950s] Also see blow away, def. 2.
4. Ignore, abandon, refuse to take part. For example, The college is blowing off our request for a new student center. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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blow off

v.
1. To push or carry something away from something by the force of moving air: A gust of wind blew my hat off my head. The strong wind blew off the napkins that we had put on the tables.
2. To be pushed or carried off by the force of moving air: If I put a weather vane on top of the house, do you think it would blow off?
3. To remove something with powerful or violent force: The bomb blasts blew off the side of the building. The exploding car engine blew the hood off.
4. Slang To avoid or neglect some responsibility or obligation: Yesterday I blew off all my work and went to the movies. I know you don't want to go to work today, but if you blow your job off, you'll get fired.
5. Slang To fail to keep an appointment with someone: She's annoyed because her date blew her off. He's pretty reliable, and he won't blow you off.
6. Slang To abandon or leave someone behind in a rude way: The movie star suddenly blew off the waiting crowd and left the building. We set off to go fishing together, but halfway there my friends blew me off and went to the park instead.
7. Slang To treat something as unimportant; dismiss or ignore something: The writer blew off the criticism and continued to write as before. They made an unkind remark, but I just blew it off.
8. Vulgar Slang To perform fellatio on someone.
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blow off

1. in. to goof off; to waste time; to procrastinate. You blow off too much.
2. n. a time-waster; a goof-off. (Usually blow-off.) Get busy. I don’t pay blow-offs around here.
3. n. something that can be done easily or without much effort. (Usually blow-off.) The test was a blow-off.
4. n. the final insult; an event that causes a dispute. (Usually blow-off.) The blow-off was a call from some dame named Monica who asked for Snookums.
5. n. a dispute; an argument. (see also blow up.) After a blow-off like that, we need a breather.
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He said "the explosive charge blew off close to a mourning procession of the father of a police officer in the township," giving no further details.
He added that a sticking charge blew off under a taxi on the main road, passing through Abu-Dushear district, southwest of Baghdad, killing its driver and wounding a passerby.
Another booby-trapped car, parked on the roadside close to the post office of west Anbar's Hit township, blew off early in the day, wounding 5 persons, according to a security source.
He said that another explosive charge blew off also on Sunday morning in al-Riyadh township, 45 km to the southwest of Kirkuk, killing a civilian seriously wounding another.
He said that a fourth explosive charge blew off in the same area, after the arrival of an Army patrol to investigate the incident, wounding one of its soldiers.
He said that "an explosive charge, planted on the main road passing through west Baghdad's al-Adel district, blew off against a U.
An explosive charge blew off on the main road passing through central Baghdad's al-Wathiq Square, wounding 2 civilians, who were driven to a nearby hospital for treatment," the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
He added that the Director of the Agricultural Bank in central Baghdad's Waziriya district, had escaped an assassination attempt, when a sticking bomb blew off under his car, parked in the bank's garage, shortly after he got out of his car.
An explosive charge blew off against a traffic police patrol, in southeast Baghdad's al-Ruba'i disrtrict, wounding 5 persons, among them 3 traffic police men," he added.
An explosive charge, planted on the roadside in west Baghdad's al-Nisour Square, blew off against a mini-bus, carrying civilians, killing one of them and wounding three others on Tuesday," the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news Agency.
The source said that another explosive charge, planted on the roadside in east Baghdad's Palestine street, blew off when an Iraqi Army patrol was passing, killing a soldier and wounding 5 others, among them 3 soldiers.
Member of Mosul's Judicial Council, Zuheir Hazim al-Jiboury, has escaped an assassination attempt on Thursday morning, when an explosive charge blew off close to his house in the Officers district, east of Mosul," the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
He said the explosive charge blew off when Jiboury's car approached it, wounding him in the leg," he said, adding that his condition was "stable.