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[bloh-uhp] /ˈbloʊˌʌp/
an explosion.
a violent argument, outburst of temper, or the like, especially one resulting in estrangement.
Also, blow-up. an enlargement of a photograph.
Origin of blowup
1800-10; noun use of verb phrase blow up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for blowup
  • There cannot be extreme unlimited conditions of nature that can exist and still be stable, it will blowup sooner or later.
  • After the blowup the magazine's situation deteriorated rapidly.
  • Challenging someone to a confrontation could turn into a blowup.
  • The landing gear on a business jet was damaged during takeoff after hitting the blowup.
  • On the right is a blowup of what happens close to the collision point inside the beam pipe.
  • Once a blowup is reported, it takes time to erect a work zone and notify the public.
Slang definitions & phrases for blowup


  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+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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