Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Enough left to give the boys a blow-out to-night, and then, heigho!

The doubtful spot on the Jim Crow was not a blow-out, but a "horse."

It isn't every day in your life you can come and have a blow-out on Crusoe Island.

We had a blow-out for him, and all those present were very discreet.

I saw him again when we had our second blow-out near Jamaica.

I will meet you at the station, and we will have a blow-out at the Governor's, and I will put you up to everything.

And with your chance of a blow-out you're jest a-playing skittles.

The Noble Seven were to have a great "blow-out" at the Hill brothers' ranch.

I am the monkey-man on number four, sir, where there was a blow-out last night.

I should like some beer too, just for once, George, with such a blow-out as that.


"move air," Old English blawan "blow, breathe, make an air current; kindle; inflate; sound a wind instrument" (class VII strong verb; past tense bleow, past participle blawen), from Proto-Germanic *blæ-anan (cf. Old High German blaen, German blähen), from PIE *bhle- "to swell, blow up" (cf. Latin flare "to blow"), possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).

Meaning "to squander" (of money) is from 1874. Sense of "depart suddenly" is from 1902. Slang "do fellatio on" sense is from 1933, as blow (someone) off, originally among prostitutes (cf. blow job). This usage probably is not connected to the colloquial imprecation (1781, associated with sailors, e.g. Popeye's "well, blow me down!"), which has past participle blowed. Meaning "to spend (money) foolishly and all at once" is 1890s; that of "bungle an opportunity" is from 1943. To blow over "pass" is from 1610s, originally of storms. To blow (someone's) mind was in use by 1967; there is a song title "Blow Your Mind" released in a 1965 Mirawood recording by a group called The Gas Company.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.