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English definition of “blow”

blow

noun [C] (BAD EVENT)    /bləʊ/ US  /bloʊ/
C2 an unexpected event that has a damaging effect on someone or something: Losing his job was a severe blow to his confidence . Her death came as a terrible blow to her parents .Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
(Definition of blow noun (BAD EVENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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