blow (one's) nose

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blow (one's) nose

To breathe forcefully through the nose to expel mucus into a tissue. My allergies are so bad right now that I have to blow my nose constantly just to be able to breathe.
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blow one's nose

to expel mucus and other material from the nose using air pressure from the lungs. Excuse me, I have to blow my nose. Bill blew his nose into his handkerchief.
See also: blow, nose
References in classic literature ?
In the choir the bored choristers could be heard trying their voices and blowing their noses.
More than half didn't wash their hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose, while 86% didn't do so after handling money.
The survey also found just 21% of workers take the time to wash their hands after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing, and only 14% after eating lunch/snack - a sure way to spread germs.
Germs can be spread by people with colds who have been rubbing or blowing their nose.
WATCH out if you find yourself near a snotty child - research shows that kids find blowing their nose one of the hardest skills to master.
In his book "At Home: A Short History of Private Life,'' Bill Bryson writes: "Nothing, however, bemused the Indians more than the European habit of blowing their noses into a fine handkerchief, folding it carefully, and placing it backing their pockets as if it were a treasured memento.
They have so many sniffles and sneezes, and using Boogie Wipes actually gets them excited about blowing their noses.
WOULD it not be in the public interest for PC Shiny Buttons to be out catching real criminals instead of giving out penalty notices to people for blowing their noses while sitting stationery in their cars?
So let's begin at the end, in ``The Dressing Room,'' where a trio of actresses, each wearing a long frizzy blond wig, are primping, flinging tissue paper and blowing their noses (all in synchronization) in preparation for a stage entrance.