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 2. Blow (To).4. Blow. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
3. Blow (To).
 
To blast as with gun-powder.   1
   I will blow him up sky high. Give him a good scolding. A regular blowing up is a thorough jobation. The metaphor is from blasting by gunpowder.   2
   But to blow up a bladder, etc., means to inflate it.   3
 


 2. Blow (To).4. Blow. 

 
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