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blow something

Sl. to ruin or waste something. I had a chance to do it, but I blew it. He blew the whole five dollars on candy.

blow

1. tv. & in. to leave (someplace) in a hurry. (see also blow town, blow the joint.) It’s late. I gotta blow.
2. tv. to ruin something; to ruin an opportunity. It was my last chance, and I blew it.
3. n. a setback; an attack. Acme Systems Industries suffered a blow to its plans to acquire ABC Steel Widgets.
4. tv. to waste money; to spend money. Mary blew forty bucks on a secondhand radio.
5. in. to become very angry; to lose one’s temper. (see also blow a fuse.) Finally I had had enough, and I blew.
6. in. to play a musical instrument, not necessarily a wind instrument. He blows, and everybody listens.
7. and blow-out n. a drinking party. What a blow over at Joe’s. I’ll never get sober. We blew out of the blow-out at about midnight.
8. tv. to snort any powdered drug; to take snuff. (Drugs.) Those guys spend all their time blowing coke.
9. in. to smoke marijuana. (Drugs.) He sits there blowing by the hour. How can he afford it?
10. n. cocaine. (Drugs.) You can get some good blow over at that crack house.
11. tv. to perform an act of oral sex on someone, especially males. (Usually objectionable.) Tom was looking for some bone addict who would blow him for nothing.

blow (one's)

top/stack Informal
To lose one's temper.

blow

/break open
To get a sudden, insurmountable lead in (an athletic contest).

blow

/toot (one's) own horn Informal
To brag or boast about oneself.
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While I was attending to those in front, and on either side, the one behind ran up with the hand- spike, and struck me a heavy blow upon the head.
was shouted so universally, that the knight became aware of his danger; and, striking a full blow at the Templar, he reined back his steed in the same moment, so as to escape the charge of Athelstane and Front-de-B
A blow from Three Eagles knocked him backward to the land.
But he was receiving the blows on his gloves and shoulders, rocking back and forth to the force of them like a tree in a storm, while the house cheered its delight.
It is nothing, my fair lord," said Alleyne, who had now loosened his bassinet, which was cracked across by the Norman's blow.
If yer a gentleman, get up," quoth Patsy, his pale blue eyes aflame with wrath, his fist ready for a crushing blow.
It is lucky for the women that the seat of fistycuff war is not the same with them as among men; but though they may seem a little to deviate from their sex, when they go forth to battle, yet I have observed, they never so far forget, as to assail the bosoms of each other; where a few blows would be fatal to most of them.
No blows had been struck yet, but the struggle increased until the frail structure shook and swayed.
Not finding Ham among the people whom this memorable wind - for it is still remembered down there, as the greatest ever known to blow upon that coast - had brought together, I made my way to his house.
Perhaps it's the machinery that is to blow everything up
Then he said to him, 'Now go home to the King, and say that if he sends any more cavalry I will blow them all into the air.
Scarcely had the blow descended when I was confronted with a new danger.
Then the stout constable struck a mighty blow; but he struck no more in all that fight, for Stutely, parrying the blow right deftly, smote the constable back again with all his might.
We were all of us keyed up to such a pitch of anticipation that the blow was doubly hard to bear.
A Kru boy, who called out with fright, was felled to the ground by Trent with a blow which would have staggered an ox.