blow over(redirected from blow it over)
1. Literally, of the wind, to topple something or blow it to the ground. In this usage, a noun can be used between "blow" and "over." Our daughter's playhouse was blown over in that bad storm, and it took two of us to get it upright again! That gusty wind almost blew me over on my walk here!
2. To return to a state of calm after turmoil. Don't worry, the storm will blow over eventually. When you think the tension between mom and grandma will blow over?
Fig. [for something] to diminish; to subside. (As with a storm or a temper tantrum.) Her display of temper finally blew over. The storm will blow over soon, I hope.
blow someone or something over
[for the wind] to move strongly and upset someone or something. The wind almost blew us over. The tornado blew the shed over.
blow someone over
1. Lit. [for the wind or an explosion] to knock someone over. The force of the wind nearly blew me over. The wind blew over the old tree.
2. Fig. to surprise or astound someone. (Fixed order.) Her announcement just blew me over. The whole event just blew me over.
to be forgotten because something else happens This scandal will never blow over unless something even worse happens.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of blow over (to be pushed down by wind)
Pass away, subside. For example, The storm will blow over by afternoon, or After a couple of years the scandal will blow over. This term, with its analogy to storm clouds that pass over an area without descending, dates from about 1600.
1. To upset or tip something or someone by the force of moving air: The hurricane blew over many large billboards. I set up a flagpole outside, but the wind blew it over.
2. To be upset or tipped by the force of moving air: Our tents blew over in the storm.
3. To subside or wane with little lasting effect; die down: The storm blew over quickly. The scandal will soon blow over.