blow


blow
blow blow [bləʊ ǁ bloʊ] verb blew PASTTENSE [bluː] blown PASTPART [bləʊn ǁ bloʊn] [transitive]
1. informal if you blow money on something, you spend a lot of money on it, often money that you cannot afford:

• He blew his wages on a new stereo.

2. HUMAN RESOURCES blow the whistle (on somebody/​something) to tell the authorities that someone in your organization is doing something illegal, dishonest, or wrong:

• Workers were too scared of their employers to blow the whistle on illegal working hours.

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Ⅰ.
blow UK US /bləʊ/ verb [T] (blew, blown)
to spend a lot of money on something that is not important or effective: »

Central Bank blew $900m of foreign-exchange reserves in the first two weeks of October alone.

blow the whistle (on sb/sth) — Cf. blow the whistle on sth
blow the lid on/off sth — Cf. blow the lid on/off sth
blow a hole in sth — Cf. blow a hole in sth
Ⅱ.
blow UK US /bləʊ/ noun [C]
something that causes serious problems or spoils your chances of success: be a blow to sth »

The loss of 1000 jobs is another blow to the country's manufacturing sector.

come as a blow (to sb/sth) »

Unemployment figures will come as a blow to the Chancellor as he prepares next week's budget.

deal/deliver a blow (to sb/sth) »

Rising pollution levels threaten to deal a blow to the state's billion-dollar tourism industry.

a major/devastating/bitter blow »

We have suffered a major blow.

soften/cushion the blow — Cf. cushion the blow

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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