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blow sky-high

1. To be completely destroyed by a massive explosion. The soldiers detonated the explosives and watched the vehicle blow sky-high. Someone left the gas on, and the whole building ended up blowing sky-high.
2. To destroy someone or something through an explosion. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "blow" and "sky-high." The tanks blew the enemy fortress sky-high. Once we set off the bomb, we'll blow those snitches sky-high!
3. To undermine or negate something completely. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "blow" and "sky-high." I thought I had finally discovered the problem with our experiment, but, when we tested it, the results blew my theory sky-high. Bob was considered for the promotion, but that idea was blown sky-high when he came in late to work each day this week.
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blow sky-high

1. Destroy by explosion, explode, as in Once the charge is set, get away fast or you'll be blown sky-high. [Early 1800s] Also see under blow up.
2. Refute completely, as in The lab report has blown your theory sky-high. [Mid-1800s]
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blow something sky-high

If someone or something blows someone's plan or intention sky-high, they cause it to fail completely. If Diana breathes a word of this to Mills, it could blow the whole scheme sky-high.
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blow something sky-high

destroy something completely in an explosion. informal
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blow somebody/something ˌsky-ˈhigh

(informal) destroy somebody/something completely in an explosion: The explosives factory was blown sky-high when one of the workers lit a match.
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blow sky-high, to

To refute completely, to explode a thesis or idea. While this expression has a modern sound, it is not so very new. Andrew Jackson, in a letter of 1845, wrote, “Put your veto on them both, or you and your Secretary will be blown sky-high.”
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Yet our laws positively and utterly forbid any efficient general educational system, and they do it wisely, too; for, just begin and thoroughly educate one generation, and the whole thing would be blown sky high. If we did not give them liberty, they would take it."
That's fine when you have a captive market, but when cheaper alternatives showed up on the internet, newspapers didn't know how to react and the business model was blown sky high. Their chief revenue source was drying up, and they reacted with the typical deer-in-the-headlights response.
We weren't blown sky high or killed off with fox cancer that we caught from our dogs.
His car has been blown sky high, but Jane notices that the victim is missing his Super Bowl winner's ring, which Dugan was renowned for never taking off.
Ministers have one week to sort out this disgraceful nonsense - or see any lingering claims of fair cuts blown sky high.
A National Lottery spokesman said: "We're desperate to find this missing ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings - before their chance of claiming their win is blown sky high. We have the champagne on ice, our fingers crossed and fireworks on hand to help the ticket-holder celebrate should they come forward in time to claim their prize."
With fuel already up to pounds 5 a gallon, all the motorist needs now is to travel to work in second gear - more cost, more CO2 - and the "green initiative" blown sky high. If these green measures are going to work, we should all pull in the same direction!
TYNESIDER David Ferguson enters the risk game at the Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields on Thursday night knowing his London debut could be blown sky high.
'Those attempts were blown sky high by these photographs and that is what incensed her.'
"If the leak hadn't been fixed we could all have been blown sky high."
HOSPITALS, charities, churches and councils caught investing in the arms trade face having their credibility blown sky high.
His parents had been blown sky high and come down not far away, scuffed but otherwise unchanged.
Luck saved Terry from being blown sky high on his first day when a jealous husband decided to light up after spilling a can of petrol.
Yet he feared his dream of going to France with Denmark was going to be blown sky high when crazed Greek fans hurled SMOKE BOMBS at his team-mates.