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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb blow up:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the verb blow up and its most common antonym:

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Definition of the verb blow up

What does blow up mean as a doing phrase?

verb

  1. cause to burst with a violent release of energy
  2. make large
  3. get very angry and fly into a rage
  4. add details to
  5. burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of blow up: detonate / explode
  6. exaggerate or make bigger
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of blow up: amplify / expand / inflate
    • more generic word: increase = make bigger or more
    • more specific term: puff up = make larger or distend
  7. fill with gas or air
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of blow up: inflate
    • more generic word: expand = make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
    • more specific words:
  8. to swell or cause to enlarge

Alternative definition of the verb blow up

verb

  1. [intransitive] To explode or be destroyed by explosion.
  2. [transitive] To explode something or somebody or destroy something or injure or kill somebody by explosion.
  3. [transitive] To inflate or fill with air.
  4. [transitive] To enlarge or zoom in.
  5. [intransitive] To fail disastrously.
  6. [slang] To become popular very quickly.
  7. [slang] To suddenly get very angry.

Films

  1. "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.
  2. "Blow Up" a.k.a. "Blow-Up!" is a film.
    • starring: Liz Phair
    • genre: Music
    • released in (12 years ago)
  3. "Blow Up" is a film, directed by Jonn Herschend.

Game

"Blow Up" a.k.a. "Blow Up!" is a video game.

  • genre: Action game

Music

  1. "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.
  2. "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.
  3. "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)
  4. "Blow Up" is a live album by jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, released on the Jazz Music Yesterday label.
  5. "Blow Up" is a musical album of Bomba Estéreo.
    • also known as Estalla
    • released in (6 years ago)
  6. "Blow Up" is a musical single of Sammy Adams.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  7. "Blow Up" is a musical album of Richard Galliano & Michel Portal.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  8. "BLOW UP" is a musical single of Ryoko Shinohara.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  9. "Blow up" is a musical album of Talking Horns.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  10. "Blow Up" a.k.a. "Blow-Up" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  11. "Blow Up" is a musical single of Toshihiko Mori.
  12. "Blow Up" a.k.a. "Blow Up!" is a musical album of Kandy Whales.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  13. "Blow Up" is a musical album of Isao Suzuki Trio.
  14. "Blow Up" is a musical album of Mr Blonde.

Group

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"

Business

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".

Miscellanea

  1. 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.
  2. Blow Up is a TV spot.

Phrases with Blow Up

  1. Blow Up in One's Face
  2. to blow up

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Blow Up

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Google previewA Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature (2001)

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; ...

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewA 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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