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Definition: To blow hot and cold
, 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.”