blow it

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blow it

  1. Spoil, botch, or bungle something, as in That was a great opportunity, but now I've blown it. [Slang; c. 1940]

  2. blow one's lines. Make a mistake in speaking one's part in a theatrical production, as in Ben blew his lines, but Dean came to the rescue. [Mid-1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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