blow by blow

blow-by-blow

[bloh-bahy-bloh]
adjective
1.
precisely detailed; describing every minute detail and step: a blow-by-blow account of the tennis match; a blow-by-blow report on the wedding ceremony.
noun
2.
a blow-by-blow account.

Origin:
1930–35, Americanism

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blow-by-blow
 
adj
(prenominal) explained in great detail: a blow-by-blow account of the argument

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blow by blow

Described in minute detail, as in Tell me about last night's party, blow by blow. This term originated in radio broadcasts during the 1930s, in which the sportscaster gave a detailed account of each punch struck in a boxing match. It soon was transferred to a detailed account of anything at all.

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