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Meaning of “blow up” in the English Dictionary

"blow up" in British English

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blow up

phrasal verb with blow uk   /bləʊ/  us   /bloʊ/ verb (blew, blown)
  • (STORM)

When a ​stormblows up, it ​begins.

blow-upadjective

uk   /ˈbləʊ.ʌp/  us   /ˈbloʊ-/

blow-upnoun [C]

uk   /ˈbləʊ.ʌp/  us   /ˈbloʊ-/ informal
  • blow-up noun [C] (ARGUMENT)

a ​suddenargument: The ​expected blow-up among the ​students never ​happened.
(Definition of blow up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"blow up" in American English

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blow up

infml
phrasal verb with blow  us   /bloʊ/ verb [I/T] (past tense blew  /blu/ , past participle blown  /bloʊn/ )
  • (BECOME ANGRY)

to ​becomesuddenly very ​angry: He may blow up when he ​finds out how much I ​spent.
(Definition of blow up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"blow-up" in Business English

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blow-upnoun [C]

(also blowup) uk   us   informal
a problem: I don't see any ​kind of blowup ​event that's going to cause the ​market to ​losevalue.
(Definition of blow-up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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