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huff

  

      n  
1    a passing mood of anger or pique (esp. in the phrase in a huff)  
      vb  
2    to make or become angry or resentful  
3    intr   to blow or puff heavily  
4      (Also)    blow            (Draughts)   to remove (an opponent's draught) from the board for failure to make a capture  
5    tr  
Obsolete   to bully  
6    huffing and puffing          empty threats or objections; bluster  
     (C16: of imitative origin; compare puff)  
  huffish, huffy      adj  
  huffily, huffishly      adv  
  huffiness, huffishness      n  


blow   [1]  
      vb   , blows, blowing, blew, blown  
1    (of a current of air, the wind, etc.) to be or cause to be in motion  
2    intr   to move or be carried by or as if by wind or air  
a feather blew in through the window     
3    to expel (air, cigarette smoke, etc.) through the mouth or nose  
4    to force or cause (air, dust, etc.) to move (into, in, over, etc.) by using an instrument or by expelling breath  
5    intr   to breathe hard; pant  
6    sometimes foll by: up   to inflate with air or the breath  
7    intr   (of wind, a storm, etc.) to make a roaring or whistling sound  
8    to cause (a whistle, siren, etc.) to sound by forcing air into it, as a signal, or (of a whistle, etc.) to sound thus  
9    tr   to force air from the lungs through (the nose) to clear out mucus or obstructing matter  
10    often foll by: up, down, in, etc   to explode, break, or disintegrate completely  
the bridge blew down in the gale     
11      (Electronics)   to burn out (a fuse, valve, etc.) because of excessive current or (of a fuse, valve, etc.) to burn out  
12    blow a fuse  
Slang   to lose one's temper  
13    intr   (of a whale) to spout water or air from the lungs  
14    tr   to wind (a horse) by making it run excessively  
15    to cause (a wind instrument) to sound by forcing one's breath into the mouthpiece, or (of such an instrument) to sound in this way  
16    intr     (Jazz, slang)   to play in a jam session  
17    intr   (of flies) to lay eggs (in)  
18    to shape (glass, ornaments, etc.) by forcing air or gas through the material when molten  
19    intr     (Chiefly Scot., Austral., and N.Z.)   to boast or brag  
20    tr  
Slang  
a    to spend (money) freely  
b      (U.S.)   to treat or entertain  
21    tr  
Slang   to use (an opportunity) ineffectively  
22    Slang   to go suddenly away (from)  
23    tr  
Slang   to expose or betray (a person or thing meant to be kept secret)  
24    tr     (U.S.)  
slang   to inhale (a drug)  
25    intr  
Slang   to masturbate  
26    past participle   , blowed  
Informal   another word for damn (esp. in the phrases I'll be blowed, blow it!, blow me down!)  
27      (Draughts)      another word for       huff       4  
28    blow hot and cold   to vacillate  
29    blow a kiss or kisses   to kiss one's hand, then blow across it as if to carry the kiss through the air to another person  
30    blow one's own trumpet   to boast of one's own skills or good qualities  
31    blow someone's mind  
Slang  
a    (of a drug, esp. LSD) to alter someone's mental state  
b    to astound or surprise someone  
32    blow one's top or (esp. U.S. and Canadian) lid or stack  
Informal   to lose one's temper  
      n  
33    the act or an instance of blowing  
34    the sound produced by blowing  
35    a blast of air or wind  
36      (Metallurgy)  
a    a stage in the Bessemer process in which air is blasted upwards through molten pig iron  
b    the quantity of metal treated in a Bessemer converter  
37      (Mining)  
a    a rush of air into a mine  
b    the collapse of a mine roof  
38      (Jazz, slang)   a jam session  
39   
a      (Brit)      a slang name for       cannabis       2  
b      (U.S.)      a slang name for       cocaine     (See also)        blow away       blow in       blow into       blow off       blow on       blow out       blow over       blow through       blow up  
     (Old English blawan, related to Old Norse blær gust of wind, Old High German blaen, Latin flare)  
blow   [2]  
      n  
1    a powerful or heavy stroke with the fist, a weapon, etc  
2    at one or a blow   by or with only one action; all at one time  
3    a sudden setback; unfortunate event  
to come as a blow     
4    come to blows  
a    to fight  
b    to result in a fight  
5    an attacking action  
a blow for freedom     
6      (Austral. and N.Z.)   a stroke of the shears in sheep-shearing  
     (C15: probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German bliuwan to beat)  
blow   [3]  
      vb   , blows, blowing, blew, blown  
1    intr   (of a plant or flower) to blossom or open out  
2    tr   to produce (flowers)  
      n  
3    a mass of blossoms  
4    the state or period of blossoming (esp. in the phrase in full blow)  
     (Old English blowan; related to Old Frisian bloia to bloom, Old High German bluoen, Latin flos flower; see bloom1)  
blow away  
      vb   tr, adv  
Slang     (chiefly U.S.)  
1    to kill (someone) by shooting  
2    to defeat decisively  
blow-by-blow  
      adj   prenominal   explained in great detail  
a blow-by-blow account of the argument     
blow-dry  
      vb   , -dries, -drying, -dried   tr  
1    to style (one's own or somebody else's hair) while drying it with a hand-held hairdryer  
      n  
2    this method of styling the hair  
blow in  
      vb   intr, adv  
Informal   to arrive or enter suddenly  
blow-in  
      n     (Austral)  
informal   an unwelcome newcomer or stranger  
blow into  
      vb   intr, prep  
Informal   to arrive in or enter (a room, etc.) suddenly  
blow job  
      n  
Taboo      a slang term for       fellatio  
blow moulding  
      n   a process for moulding single-piece plastic objects in which a thermoplastic is extruded into a split mould and blown against its sides  
blow off  
      vb   adv  
1    to permit (a gas under pressure, esp. steam) to be released  
2    intr     (Brit)  
slang   to emit wind noisily from the anus  
3    blow off steam      See       steam       6  
      n  
  blow-off  
4    a discharge of a surplus fluid, such as steam, under pressure  
5    a device through which such a discharge is made  
blow on  
      vb   intr, prep   to defame or discredit (a person)  
blow out  
      vb   adv  
1    to extinguish (a flame, candle, etc.) or (of a flame, candle, etc.) to become extinguished  
2    intr   (of a tyre) to puncture suddenly, esp. at high speed  
3    intr   (of a fuse) to melt suddenly  
4    tr; often reflexive   to diminish or use up the energy of  
the storm blew itself out     
5    intr   (of an oil or gas well) to lose oil or gas in an uncontrolled manner  
6    tr  
Slang   to cancel  
the band had to blow out the gig     
7    blow one's brains out   to kill oneself by shooting oneself in the head  
      n  
  blowout  
8    the sudden melting of an electrical fuse  
9    a sudden burst in a tyre  
10    the uncontrolled escape of oil or gas from an oil or gas well  
11    the failure of a jet engine, esp. when in flight  
12    Slang   a large filling meal or lavish entertainment  
blow over  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    to cease or be finished  
the storm blew over     
2    to be forgotten  
the scandal will blow over     
blow through  
      vb   intr, adv     (Austral)  
informal   to leave; make off  
blow up  
      vb   adv  
1    to explode or cause to explode  
2    tr   to increase the importance of (something)  
they blew the whole affair up     
3    intr   to come into consideration  
we lived well enough before this thing blew up     
4    intr   to come into existence with sudden force  
a storm had blown up     
5    Informal   to lose one's temper (with a person)  
6    tr  
Informal   to reprimand (someone)  
7    tr  
Informal   to enlarge the size or detail of (a photograph)  
      n  
  blow-up  
8    an explosion  
9    Informal   an enlarged photograph or part of a photograph  
10    Informal   a fit of temper or argument  
11      (Also called)    blowing up  
Informal   a reprimand  
body blow  
      n  
1      (Boxing, Also called)   body punch   a blow to the body of an opponent  
2    a severe disappointment or setback  
unavailability of funds was a body blow to the project     
by-blow  
      n  
1    a passing or incidental blow  
2       an archaic word for a       bastard  
peach-blow  
      n  
1   
a    a delicate purplish-pink colour  
b    (as adj)  
a peach-blow vase     
2    a glaze of this colour on Oriental porcelain  
     (C19: from peach1 + blow3)  
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