To blow up

Definitions

  • Preparing to Blow Up a Derelict
    Preparing to Blow Up a Derelict
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To blow up to be torn to pieces and thrown into the air as by an explosion of powder or gas or the expansive force of steam; to burst; to explode; as, a powder mill or steam boiler blows up.
    • To blow up To fill with air; to swell; as, to blow up a bladder or bubble.
    • To blow up To inflate; to distend.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During World War II, Russians used dogs strapped with explosives to blow up German tanks. They trained the dogs to associate the tanks with food and ended up destroying about 25 German tanks using this method
    • To blow up to shatter or destroy by explosion: to scold
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Quotations

  • Margaret Drabble
    Margaret Drabble
    “You learn to put your emotional luggage where it will do some good, instead of using it to shit on other people, or blow up aeroplanes.”
  • John F. Kennedy
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    “I never know when I press these whether I am going to blow up Massachusetts or start the project.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bláwan; Ger. blähen, blasen; L. flare.

Usage

In literature:

When we had completed our arrangements, I resolved to blow up the ship.
"The Swiss Family Robinson; or Adventures in a Desert Island" by Johann David Wyss
Instinctively, the man half turned, throwing up his arm as if to shield his face from a menacing blow.
"The Eyes of the World" by Harold Bell Wright
It's almost impossible to make any headway, and two of the strongest dogs will barely be able to hold up against this blow.
"Baldy of Nome" by Esther Birdsall Darling
It was turrible, seein' folks a-tryin' to blow each other up.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
What a devil will it signify talking, if thus you are to blow one another up at every word?
"Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady, Volume 8" by Samuel Richardson
Blows coughed, and holding his glass up to the light regarded it with a preoccupied air.
"A Spirit of Avarice" by W.W. Jacobs
The person who struck that blow may have grabbed up the first competent looking thing that came to his hand.
"Ashton-Kirk, Investigator" by John T. McIntyre
Don't it look like the bottomless pit blowed up 'n' gone to smash?
"Overland" by John William De Forest
She bent her head down and got ready to deal the dog a savage blow if he came up the tree.
"The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol" by Lewis E. Theiss
Dec. 18, the wind still blowing fresh from the westward, we worked up to Smooth Island; and then stretched over to the south side of the bay.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis" by Matthew Flinders
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In poetry:

The scarlet trumpet flowers are gay
And yet they never seem to play,
They never trumpet up the dawn
Nor blow retreat across the lawn.
"Parade" by John Chipman Farrar
A hundred miles from the Longships Light —
Leave her, Johnnie, leave her! —
And blowing up for a dirty night —
It's time for us to leave her!
"Leave Her Johnnie" by Cicely Fox Smith
At the forging of the Sword--
So loud the blows they gave,
Up sprang the panting wave;
And blind and furious slew,
Shrill-shouting to the Forgers of the Sword.
"The Sword" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
And now the breeze began to blow,
Soft-stealing up the mountain;
It seem'd at first a dulcet sound—
Like mingled waters, wand'ring round
Slow falling from a fountain.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
The breeze that used to blow thee
Between the hedgerow thorns, and take away
An odour up the lane to last all day,—-
If breathing now,—-unsweetened would forego thee.
"A Dead Rose" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"All right," growled the man —with a meaning look —
“And I hope they sleep well—to-night (!)
I'd like to give 'em a good " blow-out "
—So I'll go up and blow out their light."
"The Travellers aka Twas a Dark and Stormy Night! (with knobs on)" by T W Connor

In news:

Admitting membership in Al Qaeda, Richard C Reid pleaded guilty today to charges of trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight in December with explosives hidden in his shoes.
The man accused of trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes filed a motion today saying he intended to plead guilty to all the charges against him.
The pizza boy has 10 hours to rob a bank or else…he blows up.
John Beilein once wanted to 'blow up' Crisler Arena , but new renovations have him smiling.
0Missouri Department of Transportation wants you to be careful with road pavement blow-ups while traveling on the roads this holiday.
The indictment was filed as workers prepared to blow the house up.
Phone call threatening to ' blow up' UTB leads to Harlingen arrest.
A Harlingen man is arrested after threatening to blow up the University of Texas at Brownsville.
A Queens man pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 charges connected with a plan to blow up synagogues and churches in Manhattan last year.
0Missouri Department of Transportation wants you to be careful with road pavement blow -ups while traveling on the roads this holiday.
Texas teen charged with threatening to blow up high school.
Bosnian immigrant gets life sentence in plot to blow up N.Y. A fair settlement.
NEW YORK — A New York man pleaded guilty Tuesday to rare state-level charges that he plotted to blow up city synagogues , saying he had wanted to "send a message of intimidation" to the city's Jewish community.
Two men charged with scheming to blow up synagogues in New York City are due in court in the unusual terrorism case, brought under state laws.
A New York man pleaded guilty Tuesday to rare state-level charges that he plotted to blow up city synagogues , saying he had wanted to "send a message of intimidation" to the city's Jewish community.
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In science:

The Pi αi − 3 exactly marginal deformations coming from the twisted sector are related to the N = 2 blow up modes.
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
Ozawa, Exact blow-up solutions to the Cauchy problem for the Davey-Stewartson systems, Proc. R.
Melnikov Analysis for Singularly Perturbed DSII Equation
The crepant blowing-up of 3-dimensional canonical singularities and its application to the degeneration of surfaces, Ann.
On Zariski decomposition problem
We must allow Φ to blow up at some points, which we can then remove from the manifold.
Close encounters of black holes
Consider a blowing up π : M ′ → M with centre D = DI corresponding to a component ZI of supp H.
Desingularization of toric and binomial varieties
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