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Definition: To blow up
([u^]p), adv. [AS. up, upp, [=u]p; akin to OFries. up,
op, D. op, OS. [=u]p, OHG. [=u]f, G. auf, Icel. & Sw. upp,
Dan. op, Goth. iup, and probably to E. over. See Over
1. Aloft; on high; in a direction contrary to that of
gravity; toward or in a higher place or position; above;
-- the opposite of down
But up or down,
By center or eccentric, hard to tell. --Milton.
2. Hence, in many derived uses, specifically:
(a) From a lower to a higher position, literally or
figuratively; as, from a recumbent or sitting
position; from the mouth, toward the source, of a
river; from a dependent or inferior condition; from
concealment; from younger age; from a quiet state, or
the like; -- used with verbs of motion expressed or
But they presumed to go up unto the hilltop.
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth
Up rose the sun, and up rose Emelye. --Chaucer.
We have wrought ourselves up into this degree of
Christian indifference. --Atterbury.
(b) In a higher place or position, literally or
figuratively; in the state of having arisen; in an
upright, or nearly upright, position; standing;
mounted on a horse; in a condition of elevation,
prominence, advance, proficiency, excitement,
insurrection, or the like; -- used with verbs of rest,
situation, condition, and the like; as, to be up on a
hill; the lid of the box was up; prices are up.
And when the sun was up, they were scorched.
Those that were up themselves kept others low.
Helen was up -- was she? --Shak.
Rebels there are up,
And put the Englishmen unto the sword. --Shak.
His name was up through all the adjoining
provinces, even to Italy and Rome; many desiring
to see who he was that could withstand so many
years the Roman puissance. --Milton.
Thou hast fired me; my soul's up in arms.
Grief and passion are like floods raised in
little brooks by a sudden rain; they are quickly
A general whisper ran among the country people,
that Sir Roger was up. --Addison.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate. --Longfellow.
(c) To or in a position of equal advance or equality; not
short of, back of, less advanced than, away from, or
the like; -- usually followed by to or with; as, to be
up to the chin in water; to come up with one's
companions; to come up with the enemy; to live up to
As a boar was whetting his teeth, up comes a fox
to him. --L'Estrange.
(d) To or in a state of completion; completely; wholly;
quite; as, in the phrases to eat up; to drink up; to
burn up; to sum up; etc.; to shut up the eyes or the
mouth; to sew up a rent.
Note: Some phrases of this kind are now obsolete; as, to
spend up (--Prov. xxi. 20); to kill up (--B. Jonson).
(e) Aside, so as not to be in use; as, to lay up riches;
put up your weapons.
Note: Up is used elliptically for get up, rouse up, etc.,
expressing a command or exhortation. “Up, and let us
--Judg. xix. 28.
Up, up, my friend! and quit your books,
Or surely you 'll grow double. --Wordsworth.
It is all up with him
, it is all over with him; he is lost.
The time is up
, the allotted time is past.
To be up in
, to be informed about; to be versed in.
“Anxious that their sons should be well up in the
superstitions of two thousand years ago.”
To be up to
(a) To be equal to, or prepared for; as, he is up to the
business, or the emergency. [Colloq.]
(b) To be engaged in; to purpose, with the idea of doing
ill or mischief; as, I don't know what he's up to.
To blow up
(a) To inflate; to distend.
(b) To destroy by an explosion from beneath.
(c) To explode; as, the boiler blew up.
(d) To reprove angrily; to scold. [Slang]
To bring up
. See under Bring
, v. t.
To come up with
. See under Come
, v. i.
To cut up
. See under Cut
, v. t. & i.
To draw up
. See under Draw
, v. t.
To grow up
, to grow to maturity.
(Naut.), the order to man the windlass
preparatory to hauling up the anchor.
Up and down
(a) First up, and then down; from one state or position to
another. See under Down
Fortune . . . led him up and down. --Chaucer.
(b) (Naut.) Vertical; perpendicular; -- said of the cable
when the anchor is under, or nearly under, the hawse
hole, and the cable is taut. --Totten.
(Naut.), the order given to move the tiller toward
the upper, or windward, side of a vessel.
Up to snuff
. See under Snuff
What is up?
What is going on? [Slang]
, v. i. [imp. Blew
(bl[=u]); p. p. Blown
(bl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Blowing
.] [OE. blawen, blowen,
AS. bl[=a]wan to blow, as wind; akin to OHG. pl[=a]jan, G.
bl["a]hen, to blow up, swell, L. flare to blow, Gr.
'ekflai`nein to spout out, and to E. bladder, blast, inflate,
etc., and perh. blow to bloom.]
1. To produce a current of air; to move, as air, esp. to move
rapidly or with power; as, the wind blows.
Hark how it rains and blows ! --Walton.
2. To send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth
or from a pair of bellows.
3. To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.
Here is Mistress Page at the door, sweating and
4. To sound on being blown into, as a trumpet.
There let the pealing organ blow. --Milton.
5. To spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale.
6. To be carried or moved by the wind; as, the dust blows in
from the street.
The grass blows from their graves to thy own. --M.
7. To talk loudly; to boast; to storm. [Colloq.]
You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything
to my face. --Bartlett.
8. To stop functioning due to a failure in an electrical
circuit, especially on which breaks the circuit; sometimes
used with out; -- used of light bulbs, electronic
components, fuses; as, the dome light in the car blew out.
9. To deflate by sudden loss of air; usually used with out;
-- of inflatable tires.
To blow hot and cold
(a saying derived from a fable of
[AE]sop's), to favor a thing at one time and treat it
coldly at another; or to appear both to favor and to
To blow off
, to let steam escape through a passage provided
for the purpose; as, the engine or steamer is blowing off.
To blow out
(a) To be driven out by the expansive force of a gas or
vapor; as, a steam cock or valve sometimes blows out.
(b) To talk violently or abusively. [Low]
To blow over
, to pass away without effect; to cease, or be
dissipated; as, the storm and the clouds have blown over.
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. “The enemy's magazines blew up.”
, v. t.
1. To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other
means; as, to blow the fire.
2. To drive by a current air; to impel; as, the tempest blew
the ship ashore.
Off at sea northeast winds blow
Sabean odors from the spicy shore. --Milton.
3. To cause air to pass through by the action of the mouth,
or otherwise; to cause to sound, as a wind instrument; as,
to blow a trumpet; to blow an organ; to blow a horn.
Hath she no husband
That will take pains to blow a horn before her?
Boy, blow the pipe until the bubble rise,
Then cast it off to float upon the skies. --Parnell.
4. To clear of contents by forcing air through; as, to blow
an egg; to blow one's nose.
5. To burst, shatter, or destroy by an explosion; -- usually
with up, down, open, or similar adverb; as, to blow up a
6. To spread by report; to publish; to disclose; to reveal,
intentionally or inadvertently; as, to blow an agent's
Through the court his courtesy was blown. --Dryden.
His language does his knowledge blow. --Whiting.
7. To form by inflation; to swell by injecting air; as, to
blow bubbles; to blow glass.
8. To inflate, as with pride; to puff up.
Look how imagination blows him. --Shak.
9. To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue; as,
to blow a horse. --Sir W. Scott.
10. To deposit eggs or larv[ae] upon, or in (meat, etc.).
The flesh fly blow my mouth. --Shak.
11. To perform an act of fellatio on; to stimulate another's
penis with one's mouth; -- usually considered vulgar.
12. to smoke (e. g. marijuana); to blow pot. [colloq.]
13. to botch; to bungle; as, he blew his chance at a good job
by showing up late for the interview. [colloq.]
14. to leave; to depart from; as, to blow town. [slang]
15. to squander; as, he blew his inheritance gambling.
To blow great guns
, to blow furiously and with roaring
blasts; -- said of the wind at sea or along the coast.
To blow off
, to empty (a boiler) of water through the
blow-off pipe, while under steam pressure; also, to eject
(steam, water, sediment, etc.) from a boiler.
To blow one's own trumpet
, to vaunt one's own exploits, or
sound one's own praises.
To blow out
, to extinguish by a current of air, as a
To blow up
(a) To fill with air; to swell; as, to blow up a bladder
(b) To inflate, as with pride, self-conceit, etc.; to
puff up; as, to blow one up with flattery. “Blown up
with high conceits engendering pride.”
(c) To excite; as, to blow up a contention.
(d) To burst, to raise into the air, or to scatter, by an
explosion; as, to blow up a fort.
(e) To scold violently; as, to blow up a person for some
I have blown him up well -- nobody can say I
wink at what he does. --G. Eliot.
To blow upon
(a) To blast; to taint; to bring into discredit; to
render stale, unsavory, or worthless.
(b) To inform against. [Colloq.]
How far the very custom of hearing anything
spouted withers and blows upon a fine passage,
may be seen in those speeches from
[Shakespeare's] Henry V. which are current in
the mouths of schoolboys. --C. Lamb.
A lady's maid whose character had been blown