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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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blow somebody/something out of the ˈwater(informal)
1 destroy somebody/something completely
2 show that somebody/something is not good at all: A DVD music system plays discs that look like CDs, but blows them out of the water.
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blow someone out of the water
tv. to utterly destroy someone. (As a ship is blown up by a torpedo.) This is too much. I’m gonna blow that guy out of the water.
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blow out of the water
Defeat completely, ruin. This term comes from naval warfare; an early citation (1860) defines it as blowing a craft out of the water with broadsides. A century later it was used figuratively, as in “These bad reviews will blow our show out of the water in no time.” See also bowl over.
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