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blow one's mind

1. Surprise, shock, or amaze one, as in This jazz group blows my mind, or Joe served a jail sentence? That blows my mind. This term is used rather loosely, as seen in the examples; the first signifies amazement and pleasure, the second shock and dismay. [Slang; 1960s]
2. Alter one's perceptions, especially through drug use, as in Taking LSD really blows one's mind. [Slang; 1960s]
3. Make insane, drive crazy, as in Was it his wife's death that blew his mind? or Losing her savings blew her mind. [1960s]
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blow one's mind, to

To shock or surprise or astonish one; also, to lose one’s mind, to go crazy. This slangy phrase dates from the mid-1960s, when hippie culture and anti-establishment feelings were at their height, and when it also meant to have a drug-induced experience. By 2000 the most common usage involved amazement, as in “He managed to juggle eight oranges at a time—it blew my mind.” See also blow away.
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It was all about ducks and I can fill twelve to sixteen hundred words full of information about ducks, believe you me, but it wasn't quite the stuff to blow one's mind or make any sort of lasting impression outside of thinking that I'm way too attached to our ducks.