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full-blown

[foo l-blohn] /ˈfʊlˈbloʊn/
adjective
1.
fully or completely developed:
full-blown AIDS; an idea expanded into a full-blown novel.
2.
in full bloom:
a full-blown rose.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15
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British Dictionary definitions for full-blown

full-blown

adjective
1.
characterized by the fullest, strongest, or best development
2.
in full bloom
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