blow it

blow it

slang To ruin, mishandle, or fail to capitalize on an opportunity. Bob was being considered for the promotion, but he blew it when he came in late to work each day this week. Things were going well with Steve, but I blew it by smothering him.
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blow it

1. Spoil, botch, or bungle something, as in That was a great opportunity, but now I've blown it. [Slang; c. 1940]
2. blow one's lines. Make a mistake in speaking one's part in a theatrical production, as in Ben blew his lines, but Dean came to the rescue. [Mid-1900s]
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ˈblow it

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blow your ˈchances

waste an opportunity: You had your chance and you blew it.She blew her chances by arriving late for the interview.
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References in classic literature ?
'Up a wide and ancient staircase the smart girl preceded Tom, shading the chamber candle with her hand, to protect it from the currents of air which in such a rambling old place might have found plenty of room to disport themselves in, without blowing the candle out, but which did blow it out nevertheless--thus affording Tom's enemies an opportunity of asserting that it was he, and not the wind, who extinguished the candle, and that while he pretended to be blowing it alight again, he was in fact kissing the girl.
Before last weekend we were looking to add to the midfield area but with Stephen's injury blow it's imperative that we get someone in."
KRUL BLOW It's agony for the Newcastle keeper as Bendtner's header comes off a defender then his own head on half-time WONDER WAL Theo Walcott chips Toon keeper Tim Krul to put Gunners two up Rosicky and Bendtner celebrate No.1 the
They generate plasma and blow it in a plume about 50-70 mm wide and 25 mm long onto the part surface.
KO BLOW It's joy for Caley Thistle and misery for United as Draper rises to head his last-gasp winner which left Jackie McNamara, right, seething with the ref
OH BLOW IT'S THEM Cam with wife Sam in windy Newquay, Cornwall, yesterday, left on The Andrew Marr Show
Also, if anyone has first-hand knowledge of the physical and psychological problems associated with returning to the game after a career-threatening blow it's the former Morton, Dundee and Falkirk defender who graduated to management.