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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! Oh man, this was my favorite move in high school! Talk about a blast from the past.
at full blast
At the maximum level. It was so cold that I had the heat in my car going at full blast. He's going to damage his ears if he keeps playing his music at full blast like that.
be on at full blast
To be operating at the maximum level. The heat has been on at full blast for half an hour, and it's still cold in here! His music is on at full blast all day long. He's going to damage his ears if he isn't careful.
slang A party featuring the consumption of large quantities of alcohol. I'm worried that the kids are going to have a beer blast while we're out of town.
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.
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.
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 back yard 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 or pronoun 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.
blast off for (somewhere)
To depart very quickly. The robbers blasted off for the sunset when they heard the approaching sirens.
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.
damn and blast
1. verb To criticize or denounce (someone or something). Primarily heard in UK. Come on, you would have done the exact same thing, so you can't exactly damn and blast the boss's decision.
2. noun Last place, as in a race or competition. The phrase comes from Cockney rhyming slang. Primarily heard in UK. Did that driver really come in damn and blast? That's a shame, I had high hopes for him.
3. interjection An expression of anger. Primarily heard in UK. A: "Oh, damn and blast! What on earth did you do to my car?" B: "I'm so sorry, I swear I'll pay to have it fixed."
(At) the maximum level. It's so cold that I had the heat in my car going at full blast. Please stop playing your music at full blast. It's hurting my ears!
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.
on at full blast
Operating at the maximum level. It was so cold that I had the heat in my car on at full blast. He's got his music on at full blast all day long. He's going to damage his ears if he isn't careful.
play (one's) music at full blast
To play music on an instrument or speaker system at the maximum volume. I don't mind Sarah's band using our garage to practice, but whenever they get together, they always play their music at full blast. He's going to damage his ears if he keeps playing his music at full blast like that.
play (something) at full blast
To play an instrument, speaker system, recording, etc., at the maximum volume. Let's play our horns at full blast so that everyone in the back of the stadium can hear us. He's going to damage his ears if he keeps playing music at full blast like that.
put (one) on blast
To publicly attack, scold, shame, or mock one, typically on social media. Twitter users were quick to put the politician on blast for his racist comments.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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]
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
a blast from the pastINFORMAL
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.
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?
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
a blast from the pastsomething 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.
(at) full ˈblastwith great noise, power, speed, etc: Tom had his radio on at full blast — it was deafening. ♢ The heating was on full blast all day.
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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.
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beer blastand 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.
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.
mod. as strongly as possible. He honked the horn full blast for a long time.
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At full speed, volume, or capacity: turned the radio up full blast.
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