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1. Literally, of the wind, to topple something or blow it to the ground. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "blow" and "over." Our daughter's playhouse was blown over in that bad storm, and it took two of us to get it upright again! That gusty wind almost blew me over on my walk here!
2. To return to a state of calm after turmoil. Don't worry, the storm will blow over eventually. When you think the tension between mom and grandma will blow over?
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blow someone or something over
[for the wind] to move strongly and upset someone or something. The wind almost blew us over. The tornado blew the shed over.
blow someone over
1. Lit. [for the wind or an explosion] to knock someone over. The force of the wind nearly blew me over. The wind blew over the old tree.
2. Fig. to surprise or astound someone. (Fixed order.) Her announcement just blew me over. The whole event just blew me over.
Fig. [for something] to diminish; to subside. (As with a storm or a temper tantrum.) Her display of temper finally blew over. The storm will blow over soon, I hope.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Pass away, subside. For example, The storm will blow over by afternoon, or After a couple of years the scandal will blow over. This term, with its analogy to storm clouds that pass over an area without descending, dates from about 1600.
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.
1. To upset or tip something or someone by the force of moving air: The hurricane blew over many large billboards. I set up a flagpole outside, but the wind blew it over.
2. To be upset or tipped by the force of moving air: Our tents blew over in the storm.
3. To subside or wane with little lasting effect; die down: The storm blew over quickly. The scandal will soon blow over.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
it will soon blow over
It will soon be forgotten. This metaphor, referring to a gale that subsides and ceases, was transferred to human affairs, especially scandals and other items of gossip, in the eighteenth century. Gouverneur Morris used the phrase in 1794: “The affair is blown over.”
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