blow out of the water

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blow (someone or something) out of the water

1. To totally defeat or ruin someone or something. The image refers to the explosion of a ship that has been hit by enemy fire. The final score was 17-1? Wow, we really blew that team out of the water! I planned to be productive today, but a sudden emergency blew that idea out of the water.
2. To thoroughly impress, overwhelm, or excite one. The show of support from everyone just blew me out of the water. That movie really blew me out of the water—I didn't expect it to be so good!
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blow someone or something out of the water

Fig. to destroy utterly someone or something, such as a plan. (Alludes to a torpedo or other weapon striking a ship and causing a great explosion that makes pieces of the ship fly out of the water.) I will blow him out of the water if he shows up around here. The boss blew the whole idea out of the water.
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