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blow-hard

[bloh-hahrd] /ˈbloʊˌhɑrd/
noun, Slang.
1.
an exceptionally boastful and talkative person.
Origin of blow-hard
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism
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  • See how the old feelin' has come over me at sight of this bragging, blow-hard challenge.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • The sight of him frightened blow-hard so that he ran and climbed to the top of a door.

  • Hes the blow-hard that was going to do all sorts of things to Liddell last spring, if you believe the papers.

    Full-Back Foster Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "The young squirt was always a Smart-Aleck and a blow-hard," he said.

    Poor White Sherwood Anderson
  • His manner lacked the boisterousness of the swaggering swearing, blow-hard that was very frequently encountered in the days work.

    The Indians' Last Fight Dennis Collins
  • Rolltar the Mars man—boastful fellow, blow-hard—he was telling some of us that in his opinion Tarrano had already run away.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
  • Lucifer unhinged the door with one thwack of his big tail, and it fell to the ground with blow-hard, and broke one of his legs.

  • Hear-all told him what had passed, and that now he could hear blow-hard complaining of a broken leg.

  • But, step by step, it happened to Carry-much just as it had to blow-hard, except that he got an arm broken instead of a leg.

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