Meaning of “blow up” in the English Dictionary

"blow up" in English

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uk /ˈbləʊ.ʌp/ us /ˈbloʊ.ʌp/

blow-upnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbləʊ.ʌp/ us /ˈbloʊ.ʌp/ informal

(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

phrasal verb with blow us /bloʊ/ verb [ I/T ] past tense blew /blu/ , past participle blown /bloʊn/


to become suddenly 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 lose value.

(Definition of “blow-up” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)