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"blast" in British English

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blastverb

uk   /blɑːst/  us   /blæst/
  • blast verb (EXPLODE)

[I or T] to explode or destroy something or someone with explosives, or to break through or hit something with a similar, very strong force: A tunnel was to be blasted through the mountains. They heard the guns blasting away all night.figurative Their latest album blasted (its way) up the charts (= moved very quickly because of its popularity).
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  • blast verb (NOISE)

[I or T] to make a very loud and unpleasant noise: guns/music blasting (away/out)
  • blast verb (CRITICIZE)

[T] informal to criticize someone or something severely: The administration was blasted for failing to create jobs.
Phrasal verbs

blastnoun [C]

uk   /blɑːst/  us   /blæst/
  • blast noun [C] (EXPLOSION)

an explosion: Three people were injured in the blast.

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  • blast noun [C] (AIR)

a sudden strong blow of air: A blast of cold air hit him as he opened the window.
  • blast noun [C] (NOISE)

a sudden loud noise: a blast of music The coach blew three blasts on a whistle.
  • blast noun [C] (EVENT)

[usually singular] US informal an exciting or enjoyable experience or event, often a party: You should have come with us last night - we had a real blast!

blastexclamation

uk   /blɑːst/  us   /blæst/ (also blast it) old-fashioned informal
(Definition of blast from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"blast" in American English

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blastnoun

 us   /blæst/
  • blast noun (EXPLOSION)

[C] an explosion, or something sudden and violent: One blast of wind blew out a couple of windows. The symphony begins with a trumpet blast.
  • blast noun (ENJOYMENT)

[C usually sing] slang an exciting and enjoyable experience: The party was a blast.

blastverb

 us   /blæst/
  • blast verb (USE EXPLOSIVES)

[I/T] to break apart or destroy by using explosives: [I] To make the tunnel, engineers will have to blast through solid rock.
  • blast verb (CRITICIZE)

[T] to criticize strongly: The mayor blasted the press for not printing the facts.
Phrasal verbs
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