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English definition of “blow”
/bləʊ/ noun [C]
› something that causes serious problems or spoils your chances of success: be a blow to sth The loss of 1000 jobs is another blow to the country's manufacturing sector.come as a blow (to sb/sth) Unemployment figures will come as a blow to the Chancellor as he prepares next week's budget.deal/deliver a blow (to sb/sth) Rising pollution levels threaten to deal a blow to the state's billion-dollar tourism industry.a major/devastating/bitter blow We have suffered a major blow.
soften/cushion the blow › to make the bad effects of something seem to be not as bad as they could have been: If things go wrong there are no mechanisms to soften the blow.