blow (someone) away v.
1. (orig. US black, also blow) to shoot dead.
|Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 183: If’n you hit me again, white folks, I’ll blow you away.|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 83: He wants this cat blowed before God can get the news.|
|Animal Factory 182: You’re a lot less likely to get blown away by some asshole.|
|Goodfellas [film script] 110: One move, motherfucker, and I’ll blow you away.|
|Finnegan’s Week 340: Bobbie’s blown away Jules Temple!|
|Herald (Glasgow) 7 Apr. n.p.: In a frequently brutal world, no-one ever mentions the word ‘Kill’. The vogue term for termination by gunfire, bayonet or grenade is ‘slotting’. [...] Enemies can be ‘wasted’, ‘totalled’ or ‘blown away’, but never killed.|
2. to defeat decisively.
|Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 73: The Missourians ran us off the damned bandstand [...] We were blown away.|
|Corner (1998) 125: See the nigger run with them boots [...] Blew you away, Manny Man.|
3. to make intoxicated with a drug or drink.
|Jones Men 217: You’re goin’ to get somethin’ that’ll blow you away.|
|Brown’s Requiem 220: [I] drove to the apartment of an informant and got blown away on hash.|
4. (orig. US teen) to impress, to bowl over, to astound.
|Campus Sl. Oct. 1: blow me away – [...] That concert last night really blew me away.|
|Campus Sl. Oct.|
|Hammer and Vanilla Ice 18: It was Hammer who housed them in every stadium! His amazing energy and fancy footwork blew the crowds away.|
|Grits 420: A mean, this fuckin blew me away. A just coulden fuckin balieve it.|
|Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 94: When Jimmy the Kid finally leaves his uncle’s house, he is blown freaking away. Freaking away.|
5. (US black) to defeat verbally.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 94: Like a pootbutt come. Like you tryin’ to talk to a young lady. Messes you up, talkin’ trash. You righteously blow dat sucker away.|
6. to kill.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 230: blow (one) away 1. Kill.|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 164: Pinole had been blown away in the harshest way, and it was clear that Rojo intended to make someone pay for it.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 4: He got blown away.|