puff and blow(redirected from puffing and blowing)
1. verb To leave, usually hastily. The train is coming soon—time to blow.
2. verb To squander, spoil, or ruin something. I can't believe you didn't go to the job interview. Why would you blow such a big opportunity? Oh man, I definitely blew it with Gabi this time—I said some horrible things to her.
3. verb To spend one's money excessively or irresponsibly. I can't believe I blew so much money at the mall today. At least I get paid next week.
4. verb To react furiously and/or violently, to the point of losing control of one's behavior. Mom totally blew when I told her I had failed math. Don't blow, it's just a tiny scratch on the car.
5. verb To play a musical instrument, typically a wind instrument. I heard Al blows a mean sax.
6. verb, slang To take a drug by snorting it. Those two must have blown in the bathroom because they definitely seem high now.
7. verb, slang To smoke marijuana. Jim reeks of weed, so he must have been blowing earlier.
8. verb, vulgar slang To perform oral sex on a male. Ew, I can't believe he thought you would blow him on your first date!
9. noun A problem, challenge, or setback. After losing the lead in the division, the team suffered another blow when their best player got injured in practice.
10. noun A big, elaborate party, typically marked by the consumption of alcohol. Man, I am so hung-over today—that was quite a blow last night.
11. noun, slang Cocaine. Hey, got any blow? I'm looking for a good time tonight.
puff and blow
1. To breathe very heavily or laboriously. Running to catch the bus has left me puffing and blowing. You really should quit smoking—look at how you're puffing and blowing after a single flight of stairs!
2. To make an exaggerated show of one's anger, often by making empty threats. The boss likes to puff and blow when things don't go right, but don't pay too much attention to him. My parents puffed and blew when I told them I was dropping out, but in the end they came to respect my decision.
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Sl. to ruin or waste something. I had a chance to do it, but I blew it. He blew the whole five dollars on candy.
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ˌpuff and ˈpant/ˈblow(informal) breathe quickly and loudly through your mouth after physical effort: Eventually, puffing and panting, he arrived at the gate.
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1. tv. & in. to leave (someplace) in a hurry. (see also blow town, blow the joint.) It’s late. I gotta blow.
2. tv. to ruin something; to ruin an opportunity. It was my last chance, and I blew it.
3. n. a setback; an attack. Acme Systems Industries suffered a blow to its plans to acquire ABC Steel Widgets.
4. tv. to waste money; to spend money. Mary blew forty bucks on a secondhand radio.
5. in. to become very angry; to lose one’s temper. (see also blow a fuse.) Finally I had had enough, and I blew.
6. in. to play a musical instrument, not necessarily a wind instrument. He blows, and everybody listens.
7. and blow-out n. a drinking party. What a blow over at Joe’s. I’ll never get sober. We blew out of the blow-out at about midnight.
8. tv. to snort any powdered drug; to take snuff. (Drugs.) Those guys spend all their time blowing coke.
9. in. to smoke marijuana. (Drugs.) He sits there blowing by the hour. How can he afford it?
10. n. cocaine. (Drugs.) You can get some good blow over at that crack house.
11. tv. to perform an act of oral sex on someone, especially males. (Usually objectionable.) Tom was looking for some bone addict who would blow him for nothing.
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To get a sudden, insurmountable lead in (an athletic contest).
blow/toot (one's) own horn Informal
To brag or boast about oneself.
blow (one's)top/stack Informal
To lose one's temper.
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