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blowup

[bloh-uhp] /ˈbloʊˌʌp/
noun
1.
an explosion.
2.
a violent argument, outburst of temper, or the like, especially one resulting in estrangement.
3.
Also, blow-up. an enlargement of a photograph.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; noun use of verb phrase blow up
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British Dictionary definitions for blow-up

blow up

verb (adverb)
1.
to explode or cause to explode
2.
(transitive) to increase the importance of (something): they blew the whole affair up
3.
(intransitive) to come into consideration: we lived well enough before this thing blew up
4.
(intransitive) to come into existence with sudden force: a storm had blown up
5.
(informal) to lose one's temper (with a person)
6.
(transitive) (informal) to reprimand (someone)
7.
(transitive) (informal) to enlarge the size or detail of (a photograph)
noun
8.
an explosion
9.
(informal) an enlarged photograph or part of a photograph
10.
(informal) a fit of temper or argument
11.
(informal) Also called blowing up. a reprimand
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Slang definitions & phrases for blow-up

blowup

noun
  1. A fit of anger (1800s+)
  2. A quarrel; violent rift between persons (1800s+)
  3. A photographic or other enlargement: He already has a blowup of your proverb on a wall of his breakfast room (1930s+)

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