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Definition of the verb blow up
What does blow up mean as a doing phrase?
- cause to burst with a violent release of energy
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- synonyms of blow up: detonate / explode / set off
- more generic term: change integrity = change in physical make-up
- more specific words:
- cause: detonate / explode
- make large
- get very angry and fly into a rage
- lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
- synonyms of blow up: blow a fuse / blow one's stack / combust / flip one's lid / flip one's wig / fly off the handle / go ballistic / have a fit / have kittens / hit the ceiling / hit the roof / lose one's temper / throw a fit
- more generic word: rage = feel intense anger
- add details to
- example: They won't blow up the story
- lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
- synonyms of blow up: aggrandise / aggrandize / dramatise / dramatize / embellish / embroider / lard / pad
- more generic words: amplify / exaggerate / hyperbolise / hyperbolize / magnify / overdraw / overstate = to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
- more specific word: glorify = cause to seem more splendid
- burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction
- exaggerate or make bigger
- fill with gas or air
- to swell or cause to enlarge
Alternative definition of the verb blow up
- [intransitive] To explode or be destroyed by explosion.
- [transitive] To explode something or somebody or destroy something or injure or kill somebody by explosion.
- [transitive] To inflate or fill with air.
- [transitive] To enlarge or zoom in.
- [intransitive] To fail disastrously.
- [slang] To become popular very quickly.
- [slang] To suddenly get very angry.
- "Blow Up" a.k.a. "Blowup", or Blow-Up, is a 1966 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni about a fashion photographer, played by David Hemmings, who believes he has unwittingly captured a murder on film. It was Antonioni's first entirely English-language film.
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- "Blow Up" a.k.a. "Blow-Up!" is a film.
- starring: Liz Phair
- genre: Music
- released in (12 years ago)
- "Blow Up" is a film, directed by Jonn Herschend.
"Blow Up" a.k.a. "Blow Up!" is a video game.
- genre: Action game
- "Blow Up" a.k.a. "Blow-Up" is a soundtrack album by Herbie Hancock featuring music composed for Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow-Up released in 1966 on MGM Records. The album features performances by Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Newman, Phil Woods, Joe Henderson, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, and Jack DeJohnette. Although Jimmy Smith is credited with playing organ on the album some sources claim it was Paul Griffin that was present at the recording sessions.
- "Blow Up" is an extended play by the Australian electro house group, The Presets, the band's first release. It was released on 17 November 2003. Silverchair's lead guitarist Daniel Johns guests on three tracks and co-wrote "Cookie" with The Presets' members, Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes. Hamilton and Moyes also produced, mixed and engineered the album. InTheMix reviewer, EvilChris felt "[it] is loaded up with just under 30 minutes of energetic sleaze-soaked and slightly sinister synth-driven rock designed to slither into your subconscious". Australian Music Online described the release as "a dirty dark soundtrack to sweaty clubs that reeked of sex and sweat and ... was electro pop delivered with rock'n'roll aggression." "Beat on / Beat Off" was released to radio as a single and received airplay on Triple J.
- "Blow Up" is the title of the fourth full-length studio album by The Smithereens. The album charted at #120 in the U.S. in late 1991. The second single, "Too Much Passion", became the group's second top-40 single, peaking at #37. Top of the Pops was released as the first single of the album.
- genre: Rock music
- released on (23 years ago)
- "Blow Up" is a live album by jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, released on the Jazz Music Yesterday label.
- "Blow Up" is a musical album of Bomba Estéreo.
- also known as Estalla
- released in (6 years ago)
- "Blow Up" is a musical single of Sammy Adams.
- released on (4 years ago)
- "Blow Up" is a musical album of Richard Galliano & Michel Portal.
- released on (17 years ago)
- "BLOW UP" is a musical single of Ryoko Shinohara.
- released on (16 years ago)
- "Blow up" is a musical album of Talking Horns.
- released in (12 years ago)
- "Blow Up" a.k.a. "Blow-Up" is a composition, cataloged instance.
- music and lyrics by Andrés Calamaro
- "Blow Up" is a musical single of Toshihiko Mori.
- "Blow Up" a.k.a. "Blow Up!" is a musical album of Kandy Whales.
- released in (11 years ago)
- "Blow Up" is a musical album of Isao Suzuki Trio.
- "Blow Up" is a musical album of Mr Blonde.
Blow Up were a British indie pop/indie rock band active between 1986 and 1991.
- also known as Blow-Up
- genres: Indie rock, Indie pop
- albums: "The Kerbstones Turn to Moss", "Amazon Eyegasm", "Forever Holiday", "Own World Waiting", "In Watermelon Sugar", "World"
Blow Up is a club night that was founded in the early 1990s by promoter and DJ Paul Tunkin at a North London pub called "The Laurel Tree". The night quickly became the centre of the emerging Britpop scene in Camden attracting long queues of people eager to gain entry to the tiny venue. Early regulars included members of Blur, Pulp, Elastica, Suede, The Buzzcocks, Huggy Bear and The Jesus and Mary Chain, leading to the club being referred to as the place where "Britpop was born".
- official website: www.blowupclub.com
- Blow Up is an Italian monthly music magazine, focusing primarily on alternative and obscure music. It specializes in the coverage of house music, electronica, experimental music, industrial music, queercore, techno, and jazz improvisation. Besides articles related to music, the magaaine also contains sections devoted to literature and film analysis. The editor of the magazine is Stefano Isidoro Bianchi, who is also the founder. The section on literature is curated by Fabio Donalisio, and the film section by Roberto Curti.
- Blow Up is a TV spot.
- award: - Clio Award for Film Technique nomination for Rock Paper Scissors
Phrases with Blow Up
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Three Volume Set Volume I A-F Volume II G-P Volume III Q-Z by Gordon Williams
blow up (or down) alluding to loss of virginity or pregnancy; ...
The Slang Dictionary, Or, The Vulgar Words, Street Phrases, and "fast" Expressions of High and Low Society (1865)
Many with Their Etymology, and a Few with Their History Traced
BLOW UP, to make a noise, or scold ; formerly a Cant expression used amongst thieves, now a recognised and respectable phrase. Blowing up, a jobation, a scolding. Blor, (from blar,) to talk. Beggars are of two kinds, — those who ...
A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Gypsies' Jargon and Other Irregular Phraseology (1897)
by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland
Blower — Blow up. Blowsy — Blue. Blue. Blue— Blue-bottle. Blue- bottle — Blue. 135 borne out by the closely allied term, bloucm, a pet, and bloss, a woman, from blossom in American thieves' lingo. Blower (American), a noisy, talkative man, ...
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- Blow up
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- Blow up Mattress
Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britian.
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- Blow Up Pool
Hey everyone, pool party! Yep, this should do nicely.
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- Blow up camp
And they ran the fans on these things all week?
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- Blow Up Doraemon
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- Blow up suits
These guys brought these suits up the mountain in their backpacks.
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Extract from Blow Up! The Credit Crunch Musical in Edinburgh 2009. Max Klein explains the collapse of debt finance and hedge funds while Oompah Brass play ...
- Blow up Meaning
Video shows what blow up means. To explode or be destroyed by explosion.. To cause (something or someone) to explode, or to destroy (something) or maim ...
- Blow up in one's face Meaning
Video shows what blow up in one's face means. To fail disastrously.. Blow up in one's face Meaning. How to pronounce, definition audio dictionary. How to say ...
- 20. English lesson. Slang. TO HOOK UP WITH (someone) | TO BLOW UP (phone)
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Blow Up Blow Verbs Phrasal Verb Lesson Phrasal Verbs Inflate Verbs Phrasal Verbs Up Verb blow up (third-person singular simple present blows up, present ...
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Quotes about Blow Up
Slanderers are the devil's bellows, to blow up contention.