1. a pipe.
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: blower. A pipe. How the swell funks his blower and lushes red tape; what a smoke the gentleman makes with his pipe, and drinks brandy.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Paul Clifford I 26: Paul here reappeared with the pipe; and the dame, having filled the tube, leaned forward, and lighted the Virginian weed from the blower of Mr. Dunnaker.|
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
2. (US) a liar.
|Gay Life in N.Y. 89: You’re a blower, I didn’t double team you.|
3. a braggart; also attrib. [blow v.1 (1e)].
|G’hals of N.Y. 197: ‘You’re a blower – a shyster – a fou-fou!’ said Ralph, contemptuously.|
|Eve. Standard (US) 10 Dec. n.p.: General Grant is not one of the blower generals.|
|‘I Wish I’d a Shilling a Day!’ in Fred Shaw’s Champion Comic Melodist 38: You’re an old blower, you know, Jimmy Green.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 5 Oct. n.p.: Hear what this blower said the other day [...] that by political influence he had managed to stave off his trial.|
|Americanisms 584: Blow, to, in the sense of boasting, is probably an Americanism [...] Hence also the noun blower, a braggart, with special reference to his success in imitating Baron Munchausen.|
|Opal Fever 112: Go ahead you big blower.‘Bunkum in Parvo’ in|
|Colonial Reformer III 149: A regular Sydney man thinks all Victorians are blowers and speculators.|
|Tramping with Tramps 186: For the German tramp, though a great talker and ‘blower,’ is a coward.|
|DN III:vi 437: blower, n. A braggart. ‘That fellow’s a great blower’.‘Word-List From Western New York’ in|
|DN IV:iii 201: blower, a braggart.‘Terms Of Disparagement’ in|
|Shadow of a Gunman Act II: That little blower, Tommy Owens; there he was tellin’ everybody that he knew where there was bombs.|
4. (US) an aggressive individual.
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 5 Oct. n.p.: As soon as he was ‘cop’d’ he ‘slugged’ the officer [...] But the big blower, afraid of the consequences, ‘squared’ it.|
5. a telephone; esp. in phr. on the blower [following on f. the earlier ‘speaking tubes’ down which one had to blow to alert the other person; note bookmaker jargon blower, the betting shop public address system that broadcasts races, odds and results].
|More Educated Evans in Edgar Wallace Race Special (1932) 110: I heard it on the telephone. [...] They got that price from the blower round at the Arts Club .|
|Marsh 457: Depends on how soon the other bogey gets on the blower and phones his station.|
|Loving (1978) 68: I’ll take up with those merchants what they’ve delivered short, what they owe me, on the blower.|
|Absolute Beginners 94: I asked the Katz pair if I could use their blower, and called up Suze’s W.2 apartment.|
|Dinkumization or Depommification 94: The head cleaner got on the blower to a doctor.|
|Kings Road 102: Why shouldn’t we say ‘hello’ on the blower?|
|Go-Boy! 224: I think I saw someone on the blower when I came in.|
|Bad Company 15: He couldn’t wait to get on the blower to Rentokil and get the place fumigated.|
|G’DAY 70: Shane has decided to visit his oldies. He gets on the blower and tells them he’s coming over Sundy.|
|in Little Legs 154: They come on the blower and say they won’t be screening it.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] The guy gets on the blower to the man on the front gate.|
|Guardian 12 Nov. 35: Getting on the blower seeking the opinion of yours truly.|
|Hip-Hop Connection Jan. 74: There are only 400 tickets, so make like U-Roy and get on the blower now.|
|Raiders 21: They would be on the blower to the Old Bill.|
|567 Talk Radio on Cape Radio 2 Mar. [radio] Give us a shout on the blower.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 299: Sick Boy’s on the blower ta farking Scotland now, running up the bill.|
|Adventures of the Honey Badger [ebook] VITAL AUSSIE VERNACULAR Telephone: 1. Al Capone 2. Dog and Bone 3. Blower.|
6. (US) a broken-down horse [NB Aus. bookmaker j. blower, a horse, initially a favourite, whose odds lengthen].
|in Lethbridge (Alberta) Herald 22 Mar. 14/4: A wind-broken horse is a roarer or a blower.|
7. an annoying person.
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] blower n 1. a person or object that erred. (‘You blower!’).|
to make a phone call.
|Crust on its Uppers 86: We begged him to cop for the blower and tell her he’d be late.|