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Noun: blowup  'blow,úp
  1. A photographic print that has been enlarged
    - enlargement, magnification, blow-up
  2. A violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
    - explosion, detonation, blow-up
  3. [informal] An unrestrained expression of emotion
    - effusion, gush, outburst, ebullition, blow-up [informal]
Adjective: blow-up  ,blow'úp
  1. Designed to be filled with air or gas
    - inflatable
Verb: blow up
  1. Destroy with an explosion
    "the old towers were blown up"
  2. Burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction
    "the bomb blew up at noon";
    - detonate, explode
  3. Cause to burst with a violent release of energy
    "We blew up the nuclear bomb";
    - explode, detonate, set off
  4. (photography) make appear larger; make a larger copy
    "blow up an image";
    - enlarge, magnify
  5. Make appear better or greater (in power, wealth, quality, etc.) than reality
    - embroider, pad, lard, embellish, aggrandize, aggrandise [Brit], dramatize, dramatise [Brit]
  6. Fill with gas or air
    "blow up a balloon";
    - inflate
  7. To swell or cause to enlarge
    "Her faced blew up from the drugs";
    - puff, puff up, puff out
  8. Exaggerate or make bigger
    - inflate, expand, amplify
  9. [informal] Get very angry and fly into a rage
    "The professor blew up when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question";
    - flip one's lid [N. Amer, informal], throw a fit [informal], hit the roof [informal], hit the ceiling [informal], have a fit [informal], blow one's stack [N. Amer, informal], fly off the handle [informal], flip one's wig [US, informal], lose one's temper, blow a fuse [informal], go ballistic [informal], go mental [informal], blow a gasket [informal], blow one's top [informal], go off the deep end [informal], go ape [informal]

Derived forms: blown up, blowups, blew up, blows up, blow-ups, blowing up

See also: expansive

Type of: amplify, change integrity, discharge, dismantle, exaggerate, expand, exposure, expression, flatten, hyperbolise [Brit], hyperbolize, increase, intumesce, level, magnify, manifestation, overdraw, overstate, photo, photograph, pic [informal], piccy [informal], picture, puff, pull down, rage, rase, raze, reflection, reflexion [Brit], swell, swell up, take down, tear down, tumefy, tumesce

Antonym: deflate

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