Meaning of “blow (sb/sth) up” in the English Dictionary

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"blow (sb/sth) up" in British English

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blow (sb/sth) up

phrasal verb with blow uk /bləʊ/ us /bloʊ/ verb blew, blown

B1 to destroy something or kill someone with a bomb, or to be destroyed or killed by a bomb:

They threatened to blow up the plane if their demands were not met.
He drove over a landmine and his Jeep blew up.

More examples

  • A small band of guerrillas has blown up a train in the mountains.
  • The army used precision-guided munitions to blow up enemy targets.
  • They used plastic explosive to blow up the bridge.
  • Guy Fawkes was executed for treason after he took part in a plot to blow up the British Parliament building.
  • The car blew up when flames reached its fuel tank.

(Definition of “blow (sb/sth) up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)