Meaning of BLOW in English

BLOW

I. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a blow to sb/sth's credibilty (= something that damages credibility )

The case was a severe blow to the administration's credibility.

a breeze blows

The strong breeze blew sand in our faces.

a devastating blow (= a devastating action or event )

When a huge car bomb exploded, it was a devastating blow to the peace plan.

a gale blows

It was a grey winter’s day with an Atlantic gale blowing.

a severe blow (= an event that has a very bad effect )

The closure of the mine was a severe blow to the country’s economy.

a storm blows itself out (= ends )

The storm finally blew itself out.

a storm blows over (= ends )

The President is just hoping that the storm will blow over quickly.

a storm blows up (= starts )

That night, a storm blew up.

a storm blows up (= starts )

In 1895 a diplomatic storm blew up between Britain and America over Venezuela.

be blowing/swaying/flapping etc in the wind

The trees were all swaying in the wind.

be blown to bits (= by a bomb )

A bus shelter nearby was blown to bits.

blew...to kingdom come

He left the gas on and nearly blew us all to kingdom come .

blew...whistle

The lifeguard blew his whistle .

blow a chance informal (= have a special opportunity and fail to use it )

He thought he’d blown his chance of happiness.

blow a fuse (= make it melt by putting too much electricity through it )

blow a lead informal (= to lose the lead )

They managed to blow a 22-point lead.

blow a raspberry ( also give a raspberry American English )

She blew a raspberry at him as he drove off.

blow job

blow out a candle

Can you blow out all the candles on your birthday cake?

blow sb a kiss (= to kiss your hand and then blow across it towards someone )

Joe blew her a kiss and waved goodbye.

blow up

Can you help me blow up these balloons?

blow your nose (= clear your nose by blowing strongly into a piece of soft paper or cloth )

She blew her nose on a large white handkerchief.

blowing bubbles

She was blowing bubbles in her milk with a straw.

body blow

Hopes of economic recovery were dealt a body blow by this latest announcement.

cruel blow

His death was a cruel blow .

crushing blow (= made him lose hope and confidence )

Failing his final exams was a crushing blow .

cushion the blow/impact (of sth)

generous leaving allowances to help cushion the blow of redundancy

death blow

His decision to leave the show has delivered a death blow to the series.

deflected...blow

He deflected the blow with his forearm.

delivered a death blow to

His decision to leave the show has delivered a death blow to the series.

fatal blow

His presidential hopes suffered a fatal blow in New Hampshire.

it’s blowing a gale British English (= the wind is blowing very strongly )

It was blowing a gale last night.

soften the blow/impact

The impact of the tax was softened by large tax-free allowances.

sound/toot/honk/blow your horn (= make a noise with your horn )

strike a blow at/against/to sth

The scandal seemed to have struck a mortal blow to the government’s chances of re-election.

struck...a blow

Paul struck him a blow to the head.

suffer a blow (= experience a situation or event that causes difficulty or sadness )

The government suffered another blow when a report claimed that standards in education were falling.

the wind blows

A cold wind was blowing.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

apart

As three more shots rang out, the push-chair blew apart .

Others had been hit by pieces of trees or bomb fragments and blown apart .

To stop the people going back, their homes are shelled, shot up and blown apart .

Living away from each other, the extended family has been blown apart .

Everyone on the bridge of the Raubvogel ducked as a pane of glass was blown apart .

The old world has been blown apart .

It was in the film to be blown apart .

The ship had clearly been blown apart .

away

The glass shattered like an eggshell, and blew away .

Honest, how do they keep themselves from blowing away ?

Hundreds of millions of dollars blown away .

But my doubts have been blown away .

Amongst other things, it threatened to blow away the career of Michael Banks.

Remaining stacks were blown away with tank fire.

Beatlemania had arrived, and everywhere a gale of self-induced collective hysteria blew away the leaves of fuddy-duddy Britain.

And again the Brit blew away the Yank.

down

We planted it 12 years ago, to replace one blown down in the previous storms.

Over the valley, a full moon was rising, and a chill wind was blowing down from the distant mountains.

So ferocious was the wind that the trees blew down and blocked the roads and railways.

Trees were uprooted, tents blown down , the bridges over the Chickahominy nearly swept away, and the very earth flooded.

The experiment had to be abandoned however as drenching rain was continuous and the tent was blown down .

The flame of the wick was blown down to touch the paraffin in the body of the lamp.

And she blew down a kiss.

Yellowed newspaper pages blew down its streets in the monsoon wind.

hard

And the wind blew hard on the tower and me.

Strong winds late Sunday blew hard south, sending the acrid smell of a campfire through much of Phoenix.

There was no wind, of course, but the ladies blew hard to move my boat along.

When we reached our house, the wind was blowing hard in our faces.

in

Or was it the east wind blowing in through the open bell tower with renewed force?

Out to a distance of seventy-five kilometers, windows are blown in and shards of glass are accelerated to high speeds.

There is Miss Malcolm blown in late again.

Claudia opened her window and let the wind blow in on her face.

A draught of cold air blew in .

The first snowstorm blew in from the north, and crows crossed the sky before it like thrown black socks.

off

The door on the left was blown off its hinges by strategically placed charges that slammed it flat on to the floor.

He was distracted by what sounded like the roof blowing off .

Just then her hat blew off into the road and d'Urberville stopped the horse.

At this point, you will let out a scream suggesting that some one has just blown off your toe with a. 45.

Early that January a bitter wind blowing off the far Urals seized East Anglia in a grip of ice.

She just needed to blow off steam.

Four people were injured, including a man whose legs were blown off .

Winds up here reach 80 miles an hour; the tin, the roofs, they blow off every now and then.

out

He had the car heater on and the whirring as it blew out hot air was beginning to annoy him.

On November 13, 1932, four tremendous explosions blew out the entrances and exits of the two Arizona tunnels.

The novelty was in the clean and smiling way he said them, blowing out gray smoke rings at the same time.

The scare has been blown out of proportion, said John Marchello, professor of animal science at the University of Arizona.

Myles blew out the lamp and placed it on the sideboard.

He cupped his hand over his thing as if it were a flame that might blow out .

He then shuffled around the room cupping his hand around the chimneys and blowing out one lamp after another.

The blast wave is much too weak when it reaches sea level to blow out the flames.

over

The wind is blowing , blowing over the grass.

Carter was merely stunned by the reaction from the East; he was blown over backward by the reaction from the West.

This meant that the gliders were then parked the wrong way and, being light, they often blew over .

That way, nothing will blow over while you are preparing for the next step: installing the joists.&038;.

If a glider was blown over with some one sitting inside it unstrapped, that person could be killed.

The forgery scare had blown over , actually.

He blew over his cocoa and gave Sammy some of the skin, feeling rather important at doing so.

Days of fear and trembling until it blew over .

up

Anwar blew up all over the place.

That same agent blew up the room I had been in because I was getting too close.

He blew up five city blocks, of course.

Urban violence and civil unrest were mushrooming like small bombs threatening to blow up the machine from within.

On June 8, 1910, Post was back to blow up 171 2-pound charges at three-minute intervals.

It has been blown up by the Arabs.

What did it take to make Paul blow up ?

■ NOUN

balloon

You look like you have blown up like a balloon and you feel that you are a complete dieting failure.

Tell the students to blow up the balloon and then tape the straw to the balloon.

Work quickly or keep the cutting material in a plastic bag blown up like a balloon and sealed.

But there are two ways of blowing up a balloon .

There was a game where you blew up balloons and sat on them.

The first players then have to blow the balloons back for the second person to take over.

brain

The bullet took him right between the eyes, blowing his brains out through the back of his head.

In a few years you will blow your brains out, a bankrupt.

There was a mercury pool for losers to reflect in while they blew their brains out.

At that range she knew the gun would blow out her brains .

Reading my dreams felt like a cool breeze blowing through my brain .

Hunting rabbits with hawks is surely better than blowing their brains out with shotguns.

The accused said that he would blow the victim's brains out if he was not quiet.

No wonder the scribblers on the hustings have so much stale garbage blowing around their brains .

breeze

The next day was bright and cold, with a stiff breeze blowing straight down the field.

Uncertain which way to go, Benny gradually became aware of a gentle breeze blowing from the right.

It was winter at last and a cool breeze blew at night.

When she pushes it open, and switches on the light, she finds the breeze blowing through broken windows.

A gentle breeze blew through the windows, lightly rustling the curtains.

A thin, bad-tempered breeze blew sand into our faces and whipped up under my skirt.

A breeze blows through the palms below, rustling their branches, so they whisper like voices.

bubble

That is why you can blow bubbles with soapy water.

She would watch the ball, shading her eyes, and blow a pink bubble .

Felt Hat blows a bubble with her gum.

Bunny or not, he still could not blow bubbles with it.

It will be all downhill after the guests blow bubbles or light sparklers as you leave the church.

candle

When we left they blew out all the candles and remained in the dark tombs.

Then blindfold them and invite them to take four steps backwards followed by four forward before trying to blow out the candle .

Then, picking up his tomahawk, he blows out the candle and springs into bed.

They gathered the flowers that had been left as offerings, they blew the floating candles out.

Mike blew his candle out, and I did the same.

With a sigh, Connor shut the door and bolted it, then blew out the candle and went upstairs.

He blew our the candle and locked the door.

chance

Oxford blew their chance to stake a claim in the promotion race.

The Astros were 9-20 without him last August to blow their wild-card chances .

Middlesbrough have blown their championship chance with two defeats in four days.

He had already blown his chances and perhaps that was why he played a relaxed stroke.

Before he'd blown his chance of happiness for ever.

course

Bad weather can force an emergency landing or strong winds can blow them off course .

All the old fusty stuff had to be blown away, of course , so we might be nearer to nature.

A huge gust of energy blew him back on course .

cover

Last week the Prime Ministerwent to Devon and blew its cover .

They blew their cover story almost immediately.

It would only take one phone call to blow her cover .

But they have blown their cover .

All the press had to do was to interview any one of the islanders to blow the government cover story wide open.

But if you were arrested for murder they would have to be very careful not to blow their cover .

One mistake could blow his cover and ruin years of careful work in the North.

They want to use a customised version to help their overseas operatives communicate home and browse without blowing their cover .

dust

Some one should dig it out from the carpet under which it was brushed and blow the dust off it.

The wind began to blow , grass and dust whipping ahead of them as though fleeing the black cloud.

Kobborg and Cojocaru blow away the dust .

The crowd thinning around them, the wind that blew dust and papers past could not interrupt their looking at each other.

The hot wind blows a storm of dust and leaves, and the women retreat into their houses.

Between the moon and my see-through roof a purple storm was blowing the dust of some previous war into the waste spaces.

The clay dries and cracks in the sun, and the top layers are blown off as dust .

Otherwise blow out dust from the keyboard and clean keyboard casing. 5.

fuse

Damian Flint does everything he possibly can to make me blow twenty-five fuses at once!

Ken ran to Maurine and Hayes's house, and Hayes rushed into our basement and replaced a blown fuse .

I've even known him switch on a light without blowing all the fuses .

gale

What would the position be if there was an exceptionally strong gale blowing at the time of the original road accident?

When the autumn gales blew you could see the smoke being sucked out through the wall like water out of a leaky bucket.

A gale may otherwise blow the whole fence over.

She saved an old apple tree which the gale of 1987 had blown horizontal, but which sprouted again in the spring.

His present place was shaky - a violent gale had just blown in the window panes and the frame was flapping loose.

glass

The chocolates made her melt, sticky, gooey, and desire made her harden, glass blown by fire.

The craft of glass blowing is vital to science, especially when researchers design experiments for which no containers are available.

Everyone on the bridge of the Raubvogel ducked as a pane of glass was blown apart.

After the glass is blown into the general shape, it is inspected.

For contrast we went to the glass blowing factory for a demonstration of their skills.

What collectors refer to as historical flasks are glass bottles blown into metal molds between about 1815 and 1870.

They don't wash the glasses there; they blow on them.

At Jalame crucibles must have been necessary to allow the gathering of glass on a blowing iron.

horn

Other angry motorists blew their horns and flashed rude two-finger salutes when they finally managed to overtake him.

Then all three of the traders laughed together and sounded like a fleet of tugboats blowing their horns .

As she turned uphill, a dark-red Daimler slid by, and blew its horn at her.

When you blow the horn , it sounds blaring.

Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn .

We climbed up on to it; some one blew a horn and the beat started.

Nanny hoisted her higher in her arms as the huntsman blew his horn and the hounds moved off.

kiss

She blew a kiss to Tunney, and scampered up a wall like a spider.

She blew him little kisses , and he felt love and pangs of something that frightened him.

And she blew down a kiss .

I wanted to blow her a kiss but there was nothing in me to send her way.

Dinah was at the near window, saw him, and blew a kiss .

Leyland blew kisses to his family behind the dugout.

He gave them a huge grin and blew them a kiss .

For him to blow a kiss to the gallery was one thing.

mind

I sat down at the keyboard blowing my mind with Puccini.

But then he blows his mind anyway.

Even the pop posters were old, they blew my mind with boredom.

One species, the ravens, already blows my mind .

It is the catastrophic slippage in public respect which blows the minds of the apparatus.

He estimated there were 100,000 of them, enough to blow the mind of an entire town.

nose

She blew her nose as daintily as was possible in the circumstances and handed the handkerchief back with a wan smile.

Jozia blew her red nose into her kerchief.

With great discretion, the overcoats in the front pews blew their noses .

For a moment Converse thought that she would blow her nose on him.

He took his handkerchief from his pocket and blew his nose .

Upstairs, Petey blew his nose and sipped water after finally giving up his dinner and feeling like he could walk again.

Simpson grimaced, and blew his nose again.

proportion

Female speaker I think it's been blown up out of all proportion .

Athletes are a mirror of society, even if sometimes their images are blown out of proportion .

The whole thing, of course, is being blown up out of all proportion by the Western media.

Likewise, the scare associated with the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island was blown out of proportion .

Things get blown out of proportion .

He thought the whole incident had been blown up out of proportion .

The issue was blown far out of proportion .

raspberry

As I watched it soar over the crossbar,.Jamir stuck his tongue out in ridicule and blew a raspberry .

I blew a raspberry , he blew two.

smithereens

He remembered how innocently they had discussed which natives they would blow to smithereens and which they would grant a reprieve to.

smoke

By the end of the evening she was puffing her cigarette and blowing the smoke at Miss Poole in the darkness.

She's lying on the bed, blowing smoke at the ceiling.

Winnie whips out a stogie and starts puffing away, blowing smoke over to your table.

One or two chimneys blew smoke at the edge of the scheme.

People had been blowing cigarette smoke on to them for years.

Kersey blew smoke rings and watched them with approval.

He gnawed at his thick lower lip or blew smoke in my direction.

storm

On both of the previous occasions, the area was evacuated and isolated until the storm blew itself apart.

The storm had blown itself out, leaving the sky pearly.

Ahab stands and fights fiercely against the storm which blows him away from his course.

Between the moon and my see-through roof a purple storm was blowing the dust of some previous war into the waste spaces.

The morning of the third day, they woke up and saw the storm had blown itself out.

She could do nothing but batten down the conversational hatches and wait until the storm blew itself out.

As he rounded the tip of Cape Horn, a storm blew up from the west.

top

Whether the Ipswich directors who watched him blow his top with the unwitting journalist believe that is debatable.

Lit came on the east stage and blew the top off Woodstock.

The wind was blowing over the top of Jinny's head, fluttering the loose, short hairs round her forehead.

By blowing over the top of the paper, you made the air above the slow moving air strip move faster.

It was unusual for Hauser to blow his top .

Then suddenly he blew his top while walking down the street one day.

It had me rolling on the floor to see Schmeichel blowing his top at the scum defence.

Then Nature blows her top , just to remind us.

trumpet

Most were reluctant, defensive, or simply hesitant to blow their own trumpet .

Gordy started blowing on the trumpet in rhythm with her cries.

For too long we Christians have heard the modern world blowing its own trumpet .

Tonight, he could have shouted through the streets, blown a trumpet , waved a banner.

Despite a unique record of achievement is recent years, he can never be accused of blowing his own trumpet .

They are blowing trumpets singing up a storm and waving as they walk past us.

The heraldry of day-to-day: a cat couchant on bricks; a baby in a push-chair blowing a trumpet very loudly.

An angel hovered over their heads, blowing a yellow trumpet .

water

But we could get blown out of the water ....

Steady offshore winds keep blowing the water westward where it becomes heated.

It was as if his confidence, like a target decoy, had been blown clean out of the water .

Cassius heard the fisherman blow the water from his snorkel.

Again, if there had been a Thatcherite on the programme, the Labour expert would have been blown out of the water .

Wind whipping across sandbar on opposite shore, sand blowing across water .

That is why you can blow bubbles with soapy water .

whistle

Such whistles were blown only during war to offer the warrior supernatural protection.

All I could do was frantically reach for my safety whistle and blow like crazy to alert the raft crew.

Just before the whistle blew Vernon thought she had seen him; at any rate she was looking in his direction.

A shrill whistle is blown angrily by a shivering soldier, a sentry at the tomb.

The whistle would blow and Aunt Dorothy would wave goodbye.

Suddenly, all over Illinois, train whistles began blowing in the middle of the night.

I blew my whistle till I blew the pea out of it.

wind

The wind was blowing over the top of Jinny's head, fluttering the loose, short hairs round her forehead.

It was so much dust, and the slightest wind would blow it away.

The wind is blowing , blowing over the grass.

The wind blew strongly into the room.

It would take some wind to blow me off.

It represented a change of style, and this new wind threatened to blow away all that was dated and traditional.

First high winds blow Stu Miller off the mound, forcing a balk, at Candlestick Park.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a glancing blow

As Pegasus fought clear, I smelled smoke and felt a glancing blow which whirled me backwards and away.

Gorbad bellowed in agony and swung Morgor wildly, catching Adolphus a glancing blow across the temple.

He was standing on a piling at the ferry slip in Brooklyn when the ferry hit it a glancing blow.

It leapt forward as Delaney cried out and struck it a glancing blow with the torch.

Police believe Tony was struck a glancing blow by the wing mirror of a transit-type van.

Tom struck his head a glancing blow, and blood came.

blow a gasket

The next morning we found the aircraft had blown a gasket .

They've got her started and she's blown a gasket .

We had blown a gasket and told them of our problem, but we did not declare an emergency.

blow sth sky-high

blow/clear the cobwebs away

It will blow the cobwebs away.

Talk about blowing the cobwebs away!

blow/go hot and cold

Paula was going hot and cold by now.

She went hot and cold, dizzy with confusion.

Some of these young officers blow hot and cold.

blow/sod/bugger etc that for a lark

hammer blow

Granny's thoughts had the strength of hammer blows and they'd pounded her personality into the walls.

It brought another hammer blow to Britain's depressed farming industry.

It was followed by a hammer blow that echoed like thunder through the steel hulk.

Labour's energy spokesman says the decision is bad news for the consumer and a hammer blow for the coal industry.

She glanced at her own reflection in the mirror and the answer came with the suddenness of a hammer blow.

Such speeds are far faster than any hammer blow and considerably faster than the flight of bullets.

The sight was a hammer blow to Yuri Rudakov.

The tunnels were quiet during the hammer blow of 1972.

it's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good)

knock/blow sb's socks off

And yet the correlations just knock my socks off...

So, he popped down to my office, stuck this demo on the turntable and it just blew my socks off.

The current crop of non-Windows databases can knock the socks off their predecessors.

This in-your-face marketing could be forgiven if the food absolutely knocked your socks off.

knockout punch/blow

And then, as if to deliver the knockout blow to his scheme, the phone rang.

But the new West Indies proved encouragingly resilient, repeatedly getting up off the canvas to deliver the final knockout punch.

Great passing; good running, but they lacked a knockout punch.

He may not have a knockout punch, but he does have good moves all the way to the bell.

If people will use the vaccine available, it is possible to give paralytic polio a knockout blow within the next year.

It was a knockout punch of which Indurain, Hinault or Merckx would have been proud.

That seven eighty-one was like a knockout punch.

The business was reeling from what appeared to have been the knockout punch.

let/blow off steam

Recess is a good chance for kids to blow off steam .

It was recreation hour, explained Brother Andrew with a smile, and the Brothers were letting off steam .

Jody lets her blow off steam first.

Others have behavioural problems and need to let off steam in a safe and controlled setting.

She just needed to blow off steam .

So kicking the cat, biting a towel or pounding a pillow aren't really much use, except for letting off steam .

We let off steam in graffiti, vandalism and football hooliganism.

You got upset, blew off steam .

You want to let off steam ?

mortal blow/danger/wound etc

As she reads or hears the news reports of battles, she can ascertain whether he is in mortal danger.

Hellenism no longer represented a mortal danger.

His dragon had taken a mortal wound as he and Caledor clashed on the battlefield.

Railroad traffic is a mortal danger.

This rust-blood pouring from mortal wounds in the planet's skin is a terrible indictment of the tyranny we climbers inflict.

Yesterday, the joint shop stewards committee of Corporate Jets said a loss of production would be a mortal blow.

see which way the wind is blowing

smash/blow etc sth to smithereens

He says an overweight lorry in a crash will smash a car to smithereens .

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Blow on it, Ian - the oatmeal's very hot.

A warm breeze was blowing from the south.

He blew smoke rings across the table.

He won £500,000 in the National Lottery, but he's already blown the lot.

I put the balloon to my lips and blew as hard as I could.

One of the tires blew and they skidded into the center divider.

She blew the feather off her sleeve.

The ornaments are made of blown glass.

The referee blew his whistle to start the game.

The whistle blew on the old steam engine.

The wind must have blown the door shut.

We blew $3000 on a trip to Barbados.

You're lucky you didn't blow out the whole engine.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

He thinks one of the anti-Castro group is going to blow me away.

His black hair was tousled, blown by the wind, shining strands of it across his brown forehead.

On one of them was Blue Mooney, his pale blond hair blown against his cheek as he skidded around the corner.

On the minus side, she'd blown a lot of money and received a couple of scares.

She tried to open the door to the storage-room, but twice the wind blew it out of her hands.

The scare has been blown out of proportion, said John Marchello, professor of animal science at the University of Arizona.

The wind blew so hard the bread got stale in our hands.

They know the way that the wind is blowing, and would be only too pleased to be redeployed into another trade.

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

big

He says that it's a big blow , staff are very upset.

A big blow came last summer, when Fortune magazine predicted legal and financial chaos for Hong Kong after 1997.

The decision is a big blow to James but a welcome boost for Hooper.

The card suffered a big blow when Phoenix junior-flyweight Michael Carbajal withdrew because of pneumonia.

But the biggest blow was a cut of £200,000 in its council grant.

Losing Harris and Prince would be the biggest blows , though.

He says that the biggest blow came when Rank's made thousands redundant in the eighties.

Wilson knows which way the big national wind blows .

bitter

It was a bitter blow when the trustees preferred the reprint.

The loss of that partner through death, either shortly before retirement or afterwards, comes as a bitter blow .

It was a particularly bitter blow for Leeds, because in the very first minute they should have levelled the tie.

So defeat was a bitter blow to Dowding.

cruel

That was a cruel blow for Howard Wilkinson's team, who had made a committed, controlled and commanding start.

This had been a cruel blow , but it wouldn't stop her from ensuring that justice was done.

It would have been an unnecessary and cruel blow for her to see her old home in its state of decay.

The fact Pears could be ruled out of the crunch game at Molineux is a cruel blow after his superb season.

It is a cruel blow and one that again underlines the inconsistency of the red card law.

He wanted to give comfort, and protect her from the cruel blow life had dealt her.

Yet with their very first attack, the visitors struck a cruel blow .

devastating

A sharp run-down in the business would be a devastating blow to the local economy.

That would be a devastating blow to the long-term unemployed.

Her loss is a devastating blow to the standing of the monarchy.

That was a devastating blow from which the constituency is struggling to recover.

Forest struck a devastating first blow after 11 minutes.

Shaking a little at first but gradually warming to his theme, the sacked Chancellor dealt John Major a devastating blow .

The death of Osvaldo was a devastating blow to all Danuese patriots.

double

Villa had suffered a double injury blow before manager Ron Atkinson had settled in the dugout.

However, the danger is that the double blow of recession and Royal Mail reorganisation could make that first rung very narrow.

The double blow left the 43-year-old Grease star numb with shock.

It was a double blow , too, for Morris.

fatal

But the elections were a further, and fatal , blow .

His presidential hopes thus suffered a fatal blow in the snow drifts of New Hampshire.

For the prosecution case to stand, it will be necessary to prove that Lenny McLean struck the fatal blow .

This was the first time he dealt a fatal blow without intending it.

Experts claim that at least half were inflicted well before the fatal blow .

The woman had lashed out in fear and given the bird a fatal blow , feathers everywhere.

He had not delivered the fatal blows , he had not pulled the trigger.

Who might strike the fatal blow this time?

final

The final blow for many firms was the government's abolition of import duties which resulted in a flood of cheap imports.

Practices which have characterised the details of your daily living from the cradle upwards are dealt a swift and final blow .

The final blow for Philip was the defection of his chancellor, Conrad, bishop of Würzburg.

further

This was a further blow for Adolph Zukor; both Arbuckle and Taylor had been under contract to him.

glancing

It leapt forward as Delaney cried out and struck it a glancing blow with the torch.

Gorbad bellowed in agony and swung Morgor wildly, catching Adolphus a glancing blow across the temple.

Police believe Tony was struck a glancing blow by the wing mirror of a transit-type van.

great

It will be a greater blow than would be a dozen pogroms.

It was a great blow to all the family. 1962 brought more shocks for Salvationists in Rhodesia.

Stalingrad was the greatest single blow of the war.

Her death in April 1994 was the second great blow in his life.

hard

He had struggled to his feet, but then felt a really hard blow on the face.

Good fortune can be as bewildering as a hard blow sometimes.

It's a hard blow to stop.

It was the hardest blow he had ever taken.

He survived a hard blow to the jaw in the dying seconds to win 20-10.

heavy

Now think again of the wound on Hector's face - a heavy blow , a wide gash.

I am not wholly barren of hope, for circumstances have been dealing the conventional wisdom a new series of heavy blows .

It is knocked to the ground by a heavy blow , seized by the throat or mouth and quickly suffocated.

For the beneficiaries the change would be almost imperceptible: for the losers it would be a heavy blow .

He says that both changes will be a heavy blow for young self-employed workers.

The repression which followed temporarily halted the labour movement and dealt the party a heavy blow .

Obituary: Carlo Verrri. Heavy blow to Alitalia:.

huge

But the study is a huge blow to the transplant programme, criticised not least because of the huge costs involved.

It was a huge blow to him.

knockout

If people will use the vaccine available, it is possible to give paralytic polio a knockout blow within the next year.

low

Trinidad was warned for low blows twice by referee Mitch Halpern.

He respected Ray and his willingness to fight for his ideals, but this was a low blow .

major

The loss of the plant would have been a major blow to the local economy.

This is a major blow , perhaps a turning point.

It then takes a major blow to fracture it.

However, its fall is another major blow to the rebels.

That would be a major blow for the airline.

Dundee also suffered a major blow when player/manager Simon Stainrod limped off seven minutes from the interval.

Losing his international place two years ago was also a major blow .

Losses are expected to top £100m this year, a major blow to the company's 40,000 employees.

mortal

Yesterday, the joint shop stewards committee of Corporate Jets said a loss of production would be a mortal blow .

It was not a mortal blow in the style of Lord Howe who brought about the downfall of Margaret Thatcher.

Though Canary's death was a mortal blow to the film, the groundwork he had laid carried the project forward.

serious

Like the contagious diseases defeat, Simon's resignation was received as a serious blow by the medical profession.

But politically, the rebellion in the Cabinet is a serious and telling blow .

The Taff Vale decision was a serious blow to trade unionism.

This year, that amount could plummet to $ 1 million, a serious blow to the already financially struggling tribe.

A person who is quickly back on his or her feet after a serious blow .

The decision also represented a serious blow to the morale of the regulatory authorities.

His departure will, of course, be a serious blow to our hopes of pulling away from the foot of the table.

It is being said with some conviction that Labour inflicted a serious blow on itself with that Sheffield monster rally.

severe

The failure of the Accord was also a severe blow to Mulroney and prompted opposition calls for his resignation.

This was a severe blow because we needed him desperately.

Pittsburgh suffered a severe blow , however, when quarterback Neil O'Donnell broke his right leg.

This is a severe blow to the Fernandez family.

Bank Assistants have suffered a severe blow .

That could deliver a severe financial blow to the county.

Pentrite can explode without a detonator if it receives a severe blow or strong friction.

Finally, the cutting of trade with the United States from 1985 was a severe blow .

sharp

With the exact position established, the outline can be scored with sharp blows from a club hammer and bolster chisel.

The bird-swat includes the same approach, but then ends with an upward leap and a sharp blow with the front foot.

The sharpest financial blow came in mid-1939, when the owner of Bunce Court decided she wanted to sell the freehold.

Another sharp blow hit him between his shoulder-blades.

She felt a sharp blow to her arm and gasped, retreating further.

single

The lock shattered with a single blow of the sledgehammer and they were in.

There was no acceptable explanation for the injuries, and the injuries were consistent with a single blow .

He found the spot where the three reeds were growing and at a single blow cut down all three with his sword.

Stalingrad was the greatest single blow of the war.

It looks as if he was struck by a single blow and died where he fell.

Baking makes chestnuts brittle, which means they can be knocked off their string with a single blow .

I agree that he was probably killed by a single blow and that wooden mallet on the table seems the likely weapon.

Drums with single blows merging into a volley, resembling a creaking branch.

terrible

Female speaker It's a terrible blow just on top of everything else.

The outcome of the campaign was a terrible blow to the burdened President.

I knew it would be a terrible blow to Marxism-Leninism.

His untimely loss is a terrible blow to all of us who knew and cared for him.

She says closing the college would be a terrible blow - it's used by thousands of people.

How it all happened I now don't quite know, Except that my nose stopped a terrible blow .

■ NOUN

body

Suddenly the confidence of the new radicals received a body blow .

The heat had gradually become an expected body blow which was endurable with certain rules.

The news was a body blow and for several months the company was on a knife edge.

But tomorrow, with just a few words, the Chancellor could deal the company a body blow .

Every tale - depressing as it is in its own right represents another body blow to the leasing industry.

The news Herrmann brought was like a body blow .

death

The fact that they have seen nothing is by no means an immediate death blow for all grand unified theories.

The death blow to drug chic actually may have been struck by a fast-food chain.

The death blow to the Aksumite kingdom came in the tenth century from unassimilated Agaw in the south.

Neither, however, will be a death blow .

Was it however so paradoxical as to have dealt a death blow to the theory?

hammer

Such speeds are far faster than any hammer blow and considerably faster than the flight of bullets.

The tunnels were quiet during the hammer blow of 1972.

It brought another hammer blow to Britain's depressed farming industry.

She glanced at her own reflection in the mirror and the answer came with the suddenness of a hammer blow .

Labour's energy spokesman says the decision is bad news for the consumer and a hammer blow for the coal industry.

Granny's thoughts had the strength of hammer blows and they'd pounded her personality into the walls.

The sight was a hammer blow to Yuri Rudakov.

It was followed by a hammer blow that echoed like thunder through the steel hulk.

■ VERB

cushion

To cushion the blow , wages and pensions were increased.

Additionally, two presidential decrees on March 23 had been designed to cushion the blow of the price rises.

There was no way to cushion the blow .

Even where price increases have taken place, retailers with good stocks may be able to cushion the blow for a while.

The thick, air-filled bone of the skull helps to cushion the blow .

Colonel Goreng broke the news to me, making no effort to cushion the blow .

deal

It also dealt a blow to his testimonial, which nevertheless realised more than £2000.

This was the first time he dealt a fatal blow without intending it.

Once more the war had dealt an unfair blow to Otago cricket.

Every blow of his was parried, though I dealt no blows in return.

But it will deal a blow to the agreement, which allows publishers to set a minimum price for most books.

His stance was apologetic, almost cringing as if he expected to be dealt a blow .

Mickey had a ramp with pea sized objects rolling down to be dealt a mighty blow from a spring loaded mallet.

They have enough problems avoiding the stones they are throwing among themselves to be dealt such an additional blow .

deflect

He deflected the blow , and the razor edge cut deep into the gunwale of the ship.

Scathach pushed her away, turning her in time to deflect the blow from another raider.

As the knife flashed down, aimed at his heart, Connor deflected the blow with his left forearm.

deliver

Furthermore, its flexibility and power of movement are considerably greater, so that less power is needed to deliver a blow .

She stood her ground and got an almighty shove from Vassily, who smiled at me apologetically as he delivered the blow .

Government forces delivered a critical blow to the rebels on March 7 when the Defence Ministry's communication links were severed.

By the late 1880s there was nothing terribly mysterious about getting a steam hammer to deliver a blow of so many tons.

Our final rehearsal before Farnham, however, delivered the cruellest blow so far.

When he delivered his last blow , he avoided my face, and looked worried.

He had not delivered the fatal blows , he had not pulled the trigger.

That could deliver a severe financial blow to the county.

exchange

Two figures were battling furiously, exchanging blows as they materialized.

While the men exchanged blows the girl struck Farini from behind with a blunt instrument.

They rolled over and over on the damp moss, exchanging blows and vile words until finally Topaz's strength ran out.

land

The darker boy rallied and eventually landed more and heavier blows .

The official unions will have to compete directly with Solidarity for members, so they want to land the first blows .

Sharpe hacked again, this time landing a blow on the back of the helmet.

Johnson counter-punched, landing three telling blows .

This time, he hardly landed a blow as the majestic Christie cruised home.

receive

Like the contagious diseases defeat, Simon's resignation was received as a serious blow by the medical profession.

His adventure began during a practice game against the Minnesota Vikings when he received a blow to the head.

Her eyebrow had received the blow from the torch and had begun to throb; she could feel a trickle of blood.

I used to duck and cover my face, receiving ten blows instead of one.

As they straighten, curve the spine and pull in the tummy, as if you have just received a blow .

As he received the blow his face writhed and he gasped with pain.

Agnes went to pick her up and received a blow from an elbow that sent her across the room.

He went down to protest and himself began to receive blows .

soften

Help, or soften the blow .?

There was no warning, no softening of the blow .

Or will motherhood soften the blow ?

Try starting with a pat on the back to soften the blow of criticism.

The Chancellor's flexibility to reduce interest rates much further, to soften the blow of tax increases, looks limited.

Factories had closed, and thousands were out of work, without unemployment insurance to soften the blow .

But you can soften the blow by telling his Dad that none of the other dads can do it either.

Letting some one resign is a way to soften the blow .

strike

But Kevin Curren struck some crucial blows - runs that Warwickshire could ill afford to concede at this stage of the match.

They were certainly striking a blow for short people.

Let us strike the blow which is to restore peace and union to this distracted land.

Eventually, one of them attacked it with a large branch, striking it a damaging blow .

The guard made a point of gazing into the distance as he struck his blows .

Some one ought to strike a blow for women and show this vain man that he was utterly resistible!

suffer

Villa had suffered a double injury blow before manager Ron Atkinson had settled in the dugout.

His presidential hopes thus suffered a fatal blow in the snow drifts of New Hampshire.

Pittsburgh suffered a severe blow , however, when quarterback Neil O'Donnell broke his right leg.

The card suffered a big blow when Phoenix junior-flyweight Michael Carbajal withdrew because of pneumonia.

In addition to the papal disregard of Canterbury's primatial claim over York, the monastic community suffered another grievous blow .

Bank Assistants have suffered a severe blow .

Aside from the engine failure Stiletto suffered a tyre blow out.

Maesteg suffered a blow yesterday when they learnt captain and centre Huw Woodland will be sidelined for another month.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a glancing blow

As Pegasus fought clear, I smelled smoke and felt a glancing blow which whirled me backwards and away.

Gorbad bellowed in agony and swung Morgor wildly, catching Adolphus a glancing blow across the temple.

He was standing on a piling at the ferry slip in Brooklyn when the ferry hit it a glancing blow.

It leapt forward as Delaney cried out and struck it a glancing blow with the torch.

Police believe Tony was struck a glancing blow by the wing mirror of a transit-type van.

Tom struck his head a glancing blow, and blood came.

blow sth sky-high

blow/clear the cobwebs away

It will blow the cobwebs away.

Talk about blowing the cobwebs away!

blow/go hot and cold

Paula was going hot and cold by now.

She went hot and cold, dizzy with confusion.

Some of these young officers blow hot and cold.

blow/sod/bugger etc that for a lark

come as a surprise/relief/blow etc (to sb)

And this might come as a surprise to our brethren in the popular national press - Thirty-eight.

Buller's Hill House came as a surprise.

Her answer came as a surprise.

It comes as a surprise to find him boasting of his prowess as a rioter.

Nevertheless, he said the sharp drop in the book-to-bill came as a surprise.

Nor should it come as a surprise that these rules frequently get S corporation owners into trouble.

So it comes as a surprise to discover that this is not always the case.

This should not come as a surprise to people who are free.

deal a blow (to sb/sth)

But it will deal a blow to the agreement, which allows publishers to set a minimum price for most books.

His stance was apologetic, almost cringing as if he expected to be dealt a blow.

It also dealt a blow to his testimonial, which nevertheless realised more than £2000.

Very many died without ever a chance of dealing a blow in return.

exchange blows (with sb)

They rolled over and over on the damp moss, exchanging blows and vile words until finally Topaz's strength ran out.

Two figures were battling furiously, exchanging blows as they materialized.

While the men exchanged blows the girl struck Farini from behind with a blunt instrument.

hammer blow

Granny's thoughts had the strength of hammer blows and they'd pounded her personality into the walls.

It brought another hammer blow to Britain's depressed farming industry.

It was followed by a hammer blow that echoed like thunder through the steel hulk.

Labour's energy spokesman says the decision is bad news for the consumer and a hammer blow for the coal industry.

She glanced at her own reflection in the mirror and the answer came with the suddenness of a hammer blow.

Such speeds are far faster than any hammer blow and considerably faster than the flight of bullets.

The sight was a hammer blow to Yuri Rudakov.

The tunnels were quiet during the hammer blow of 1972.

it's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good)

knock/blow sb's socks off

And yet the correlations just knock my socks off...

So, he popped down to my office, stuck this demo on the turntable and it just blew my socks off.

The current crop of non-Windows databases can knock the socks off their predecessors.

This in-your-face marketing could be forgiven if the food absolutely knocked your socks off.

knockout punch/blow

And then, as if to deliver the knockout blow to his scheme, the phone rang.

But the new West Indies proved encouragingly resilient, repeatedly getting up off the canvas to deliver the final knockout punch.

Great passing; good running, but they lacked a knockout punch.

He may not have a knockout punch, but he does have good moves all the way to the bell.

If people will use the vaccine available, it is possible to give paralytic polio a knockout blow within the next year.

It was a knockout punch of which Indurain, Hinault or Merckx would have been proud.

That seven eighty-one was like a knockout punch.

The business was reeling from what appeared to have been the knockout punch.

land a punch/blow etc

Flaws' Nigel's style includes getting caught with punches in order to land punches.

He shot out his right arm and landed a punch on Lorrimer's nose.

Sharpe hacked again, this time landing a blow on the back of the helmet.

The first tried to land a punch, but he missed.

This time, he hardly landed a blow as the majestic Christie cruised home.

let/blow off steam

Recess is a good chance for kids to blow off steam .

It was recreation hour, explained Brother Andrew with a smile, and the Brothers were letting off steam .

Jody lets her blow off steam first.

Others have behavioural problems and need to let off steam in a safe and controlled setting.

She just needed to blow off steam .

So kicking the cat, biting a towel or pounding a pillow aren't really much use, except for letting off steam .

We let off steam in graffiti, vandalism and football hooliganism.

You got upset, blew off steam .

You want to let off steam ?

mortal blow/danger/wound etc

As she reads or hears the news reports of battles, she can ascertain whether he is in mortal danger.

Hellenism no longer represented a mortal danger.

His dragon had taken a mortal wound as he and Caledor clashed on the battlefield.

Railroad traffic is a mortal danger.

This rust-blood pouring from mortal wounds in the planet's skin is a terrible indictment of the tyranny we climbers inflict.

Yesterday, the joint shop stewards committee of Corporate Jets said a loss of production would be a mortal blow.

rain (down) blows/blows rain down

receive an injury/blow

Agnes went to pick her up and received a blow from an elbow that sent her across the room.

As they straighten, curve the spine and pull in the tummy, as if you have just received a blow.

Ben stood transfixed with disbelief, his mouth open, as if he had received a blow across it.

For his outspokenness, he received a blow to the skull which sent him reeling.

He went down to protest and himself began to receive blows.

His adventure began during a practice game against the Minnesota Vikings when he received a blow to the head.

It was almost as if I had received a blow to the heart.

Wilson received an injury in the third minute, but that didn't hamper his stand on the game.

ride a punch/blow

smash/blow etc sth to smithereens

He says an overweight lorry in a crash will smash a car to smithereens .

strike a blow for sb/sth

Little Bill in drag strikes a blow for the downtrodden girls.

Some one ought to strike a blow for women and show this vain man that he was utterly resistible!

They were certainly striking a blow for short people.

trade insults/blows etc

He was more than prepared to trade blows with the former circus act Benichou.

The two camps traded insults, moans and jeers, threatening occasionally to turn the proceedings into an intramural debate.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a blow to the stomach

His championship hopes were dealt a savage blow last night when he received a hamstring injury.

Not being allowed to return to her own country was a blow from which she never really recovered.

Officer Stacey was knocked over by a sharp blow to the head.

The blow proved fatal.

The assailant struck several blows before he was restrained.

The Colorado river was closed, a bitter blow to rafters and kayakers who may have to wait seven years for a river use permit.

three heavy blows from the hammer

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

For the prosecution case to stand, it will be necessary to prove that Lenny McLean struck the fatal blow .

He had a robust self-esteem, even though this was a blow , and he needed financially to continue working.

He kept coming, taking ten blows for one.

It is a sweeping blow and only one who has seen them in action knows how tremendous it is.

One jarring blow crushed it all.

One of the knife blows had punctured a lung.

The blue rose on stubby wings, twisting acrobatically to slip the blow .

Tony smiled and without moving his left knee dodged the blows, his torso jinking, neck muscles popping.

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