1. in sexual terms.
(a) to bring to orgasm.
|‘As I Travers’d To & Fro’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) V 19: Limping Vulcan he came [...] Venus follow’d after him, / And swore she’d blow the bellows.|
|‘A Ballad’ in Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 102: There’s ne’er a lass in town / But some or other lusty lad / Has blown her up and down.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 62: O, the Blacksmith, the lusty, lusty Blacksmith, / The best of all good fellows; / He never heats his Iron hot, / But his Maid, but his Maid must blow the bellows.|
(b) to reach orgasm; thus blowing n.
|‘Song’ in Pills to Purge Melancholy II 199: They stripp’d to go to’t, ’twas hot Work, and hot Weather; / She kindl’d a Fire, and soon made him blow.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy VI 343: As this young couple sported, / The maiden she did blow.|
|‘Answer to Darby O’Gallagher’ Songs (publ. Newry) 4: After a while he fell to a blowing Sir; / At the second Bout, / He cries I am out.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 188: After I had blown my insides into her, I got dressed.|
|Come Monday Morning 90: He barely got it up against her pumped a couple’a times before he blew all over her skirt.|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 113: Look at that thing they’re dragging into the wagon. She’s just about blowing in her pants.|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 46: blow2 to ejaculate — as in the common expression ‘he blew his load’.|
|Glue 42: Ah wis decidin whether or no ah wanted tae blaw it intae her mooth.|
|Drawing Dead [ebook] I bet he whipped his dick out and blissfully jerked it over Garbo straight after, blew like a fire hose.|
(c) (also blow off) to fellate; occas. to perform cunnilingus; thus blown adj.
|(ref. to late 19C) Amer. Madam (1981) 204: The Greek contractor wanted me to blow him in the bundle room.|
|Anecdota Americana II 71: ‘Hello darling have you been blue while I was gone?’ ‘Blown, dear, blown!’ shouted back Mr. Cabot, Jr.|
|Lang. Und. (1981) 116/1: To blow (you) off. To hold intercourse through the mouth.‘Prostitutes & Criminal Argots’ in|
|‘Chambers & Hiss in Betrayed’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 125: Alger Hiss is gayly blowing Whittaker Chambers’ prick.|
|Howl and Other Poems 12: Who blew and were blown by those human seraphim, the sailors.‘Howl’|
|Delinquency, Crime, and Social Process (1969) 997: My younger brother came home and told me this gay’d blowed him.in Cressey & Ward|
|Mother Camp 75: He kneels on the sidewalk ‘blowing’ on passing men for quarters.|
|Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1994) 87: A woman blowing a man’s natural. A woman blowing a dog’s disgusting.|
|Brown’s Requiem 220: He was on the floor, nude, being fellated by a pre-pubescent chubby blonde girl, who promptly stopped blowing him.|
|Smiling in Slow Motion (2000) 184: A first-class passenger [...] had once taken out a huge hard-on and asked: ‘Do you want to blow it?’.diary 6 Aug.|
|Six Out Seven (1994) 249: This bitch [...] jump on a donkey, swing underneath, an blow that muthafucka off, man!|
|Powder 485: She’s up for anything. She’ll blow the lot of us, won’t you, Lucy?|
|Get Your Cock Out 103: Fellatio Joe, Fellatio Joe, no-one can blow like Fellatio Joe!|
|Night Gardener 21: I figured I’d take her out to the parking lot [...] let her blow me.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘Who’s a girl have to blow to get a drink around here?’.|
|Thrill City [ebook] Who’ve we gotta blow to get some pool service round here.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 24: Excuse me for driving over here [...], blowing you and then fucking you.|
|Salon.com 20 Nov. [Internet] The first time I walked in on one guy blowing another through a hole in the wall I felt … nothing.|
(d) (US campus) to have sexual intercourse.
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 58: My old man’s a trumpeter, / A very fine trumpeter is he. / All day he blows trumpets. / At night he comes home and blows me.|
2. (also blew, blue) in fig. uses, meaning to expend.
(a) to rob, to steal.
|Swell’s Night Guide 60: Ratherish, my rum’un, ax the flyer else, how I blued the tin what I copped from a swell at Common Garden thother night. I’ll tell you how I dodged it.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 8/2: After the ‘flat’ whom we ‘nailed’ had reached the stand, he ‘tumbled’ to his ‘poke,’ being ‘blewed,’ and immediately gave notice of it to the authorities.|
|Sl. Dict. 86: Also used in cases of robbery from the person, as, ‘He’s blewed his red ’un,’ i.e. he’s been eased of his watch.|
|Dagonet Ditties 105: He began to blue the property to which he was the heir.‘That New-Born Babe’|
(b) to squander, to waste, esp. of money.
|Kendal Mercury 17 Apr. 6/1: Ven a cove vould drop you a meg, he vould tell you to lay it out to the best advantage, like as if the blueing of it would take an halfternoon.|
|Wild Boys of London I 75/2: Sich an hawful lot of coin I’ve blued, too.|
|Letters by an Odd Boy 162: Why, when I’m pretty well, should I be ‘bobbish?’ and when I mean to say I have spent my money, declare ‘I’ve blowed my blunt?’.|
|Sl. Dict. 86: Blew or blow, [...] to lose or spend money.|
|‘I’m the Fellow that Tells the Truth’ [lyrics] I took down a ‘tenner’ as proud as a Prince, / I very soon managed to ‘blue’ it.|
|‘Prince Albert’s Fashion’ warrenfahey.com [Internet] They never bust or blue their cheques / At shanties on the track.|
|Aus. Town & Country Jrnl 3 Oct. 19/1: A district in which I am certain of work has more than once caused me to throw hoofs after hide and ‘blue my last tanner’ on a ‘long-sleever’.|
|Billy Baxter’s Letters 16: I am one of those bright lights who tries to keep up with a lot of guys who have nothing to do but blow their coin.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 72: I kin show all the knockers sumpin’ when I start blowin’ his roll!|
|Mufti 187: Let’s blow the lot while we’re about it. I’m going back tomorrow.|
|(con. WWI) Wings on My Feet 179: Blowed all that money in maybe in jes’ ’bout a week.|
|Western Champion (Qld) 12 Dec. 3/1: But what he properly wakes up to is his blued cheque [...] He’d got nothing. No money, no tucker.|
|Big Con 27: The joint wanted to know how much your egg would blow.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 160: You got the money, go blow it.|
|Mad mag. June 20: I Blew My Social Security Check on a Geritol Binge.|
|Inside Mr Enderby in Complete Enderby (2002) 70: ‘Have you got a bob you can let me have’ [...] ‘Not a sausage [...] I blued it all on booze’.|
|Street Players 214: With Billy’s death, Earl had blown everything.|
|(ref. to 1890s) ‘Gloss. of Larrikin Terms’ in Larrikins 202: blewed: someone who has lost their money or spent all of it has ‘blewed it’.|
|Brown’s Requiem 64: But caddies never save their dough. They either blow it on booze or pussy or gambling or dope.|
|Yes We have No 278: He comes back to the Bigg Market and blows the lot.|
|Indep. on Sun. Real Life 16 Jan. 4: I [...] jogged over to the Ritz to blow some of the winnings on tea.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 30: Don’t blow it all on one broad, the money.|
(c) (also blow (someone) off) to treat to a meal, to food and/or drink; to buy food and/or drink for someone; usu. as blow to, blow someone (off) to.
|N.Y. Press 20 Oct. in Stallman (1966) 79: Well, come and have a table d’hote with me to-morrow night. I’ll blow you off in good style.in|
|Vandover and the Brute (1914) 79: I thought I’d blow myself for some rags.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 309: I blew him off to an ammonia cocktail.|
|Mr Trunnell Mate of the Ship ‘Pirate’ Ch. v: The whole crowd of duff-eaters come layin’ aft as if the skipper of a ship should blow them all off to drinks.|
|Chimmie Fadden and Mr Paul 99: I ’ll blow you off to a bottle of beer and a lobster.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 373: Nat had generously decided to buy Dave a present. The week before, Dave had blown him to six collars.|
|‘The Hall-Room Boys’ [comic strip] Come on over to Popp’s and I’ll blow to the sodas.|
|Knocking the Neighbors 188: Or else blow the whole Gang to a high-priced Feed.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Aug. 32/4: Come on, Scotty. We’ll run the game for ’em, so’s one of ’em must blow off.|
|Over the Top 129: The day that he was detailed as Brigade Sniper, he celebrated his appointment by blowing the whole platoon to fags.|
|Babbitt (1974) 178: It’s up to the dominie to blow the three of us to a dinner.|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 311: You’re going to blow me to a good lunch.|
|F.O.B. Detroit 67: Just because you’ve blowed yourself for a few tickets.|
|What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 129: Sammy was blowing them to a spread at La Maze.|
|(con. 1910s) Heed the Thunder (1994) 1104: ‘Give me five cents’ worth of cheese, Sim.’ ‘Kind of blowin’ yourself, ain’t ye?’ said Simon.|
|(con. early 1930s) Harlem Glory (1990) 26: I’ll blow the gang to Montmartre tonight.|
|(con. 1928) in Panzram (2002) 114: When you read this [...] you’ll wish you had blown my brains out instead of blowing me to smokes and eats.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 118: C’mon, I’ll blow you guys to Tabs.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 161: Let’s blow him to a feed.|
(d) to spend.
|‘The Candid Man’ [lyrics] I blewed the blessed lot, Ev’ry stiver as I’d got.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 59: That Sam’s a swell dip, an’ blows his coin like a sport.|
|Bar-20 xi: He counted his wealth over twice by mistake an’ shore raised a howl when he went to blow it.|
|Variety Stage Eng. Plays [Internet] Then I blew the kale and trailed the boob to make another dip.‘Types’|
|These Are My People (1957) 72: One day I was in the pub and two rabbiters come in to blow their cheque.|
|‘Hot Rod Lexicon’ in Hepster’s Dict. 114: I blow $12.50 in Paulin’s Interlude on Friday night [...] I blow $32.50 in Count Basie’s the same night.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 201: If you don’t blow your profit, you can put enough bread away to get a piece for yourself and then make enough for money and your veins.|
(e) to waste an opportunity, a relationship etc.
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 10: ‘How many times have you seen a supposed-to-be smart guy blow all his friends over some dizzy dame’.|
|Maison De Shine 89: [of a person] If they got no more sense than to blow one who’s everything she should be, with a figger which win a medal [...] them let him go.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 715: Uncle Fritz blows the biggest opportunity of his life in not grabbing the opening.‘All Horse Players Die Young’ in|
|Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 99: It wasn’t that funny because Furg had blown the gig, too.|
|Howard Street 65: Let’s go make some bread before we blow the whole night.|
|Gonif 125: Well, I blew it again . . . damn, damn, damn!|
|Lucky You 134: He didn’t want to blow a shot at free press coverage.|
|Indep. Rev. 27 Jan. 7: She very nearly blew everything by getting involved with sexy GP, Richard Locke.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 46: You’ve got a tremendous opportunity here. I wouldn’t blow it if I were you.|
(f) (US) of a pimp, to lose a prostitute from one’s stable n. (2)
|Airtight Willie and Me 75: That could blow her fast to one of the gaudy novices on the stem.|
3. in terms pertaining to negativity.
(a) to ruin, to upset, to destroy, to lose.
|Blue Cap, the Bushranger 50/2: Come, blow this yarning – my throat’s dry.|
|Billy Baxter’s Letters 78: You’re getting so lately you turn them tears on every night [...] You’ve blowed half our make-up as it is.|
|Men of the Und. 320: Blow, 1. To interrupt a criminal act.|
|Go, Man, Go! 150: Paul could see all his chances for driving Sunday blown to hell.|
|Black Players 58: If you let her get away with that shit, you gon’ blow [lose her].|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 148: He just did it privately because he didn’t want to blow his image.|
|Body of Evidence (1992) 376: His eighty-one Mercury Lynx blew the transmission.|
|Powder 26: No danger of any music journos blowing their cred.|
|Guardian Rev. 26 Feb. 8: The show was about the crapness of the come-back, blowing one’s own myth.|
(b) to botch, to bungle, to lose (a contest or game); esp. as blow it.
|Prison Community (1940) 330/2: To ‘blow a mark’ is to be unsuccessful in thieving either through the arrival of the police or through some blundering.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 466: The good thing in the first race blows.‘Tight Shoes’ in|
|Savage Night (1991) 63: It might blow the job if I knew.|
|Harlem, USA (1971) 324: After blowin’ my audition, I wasn’t in no mood for Sis’s abuse.‘The Winds of Change’ in Clarke|
|Shaft 143: It had been a simple job. But somehow he had blown it.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 134: Jimmy hadda hit that guy because you blew it already in the bank.|
|A-Team Storybook 15: You blew it Bodene, and you know it.|
|Trainspotting 63: If ye blow the interview on purpose; the cunts tell the dole n those bastards stoap yir giro.|
|Guardian G2 29 July 23: Fonda sounds the death knell: ‘We blew it,’ he says.|
|Observer Screen 6 Feb. 2: And I ran out of time. I blew it [...] How embarrassing.|
|Wire ser. 3 ep. 3 [TV script] We blew a wire over a fucking dog.‘Dead Soldiers’|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 17: Which is why you can’t blow it with IA. You do your job there same as you always do.|
|Finders Keepers (2016) 282: Fuck me, I blew it.|
(c) (also blow it) to crack under emotional or other pressure, to explode emotionally.
|Autobiog. of a Thief 43: The girl did not ‘blow’ (take alarm).|
|Long Wait (1954) 169: Things are getting ready to blow, aren’t they?|
|Felony Tank (1962) 48: Did they blow it when you gave them a hard time?|
|Pulp Fiction [film script] 133: You’re gettin’ ready to blow. I’m a mushroom-cloud-layin’ motherfucker.|
|Observer 15 Apr. 13: Maybe it’ll blow.|
(d) of people, to reject, to abandon.
|Maison De Shine 57: I presume I’m good enough when yer swell frens blow you.|
|Bop Fables 38: Why don’t you blow your grandmother and we’ll have some laughs.|
(e) of a situation or object, to give up on, to abandon.
|Roanoke Dly Times (Richmond, VA) 9 Feb. 6/3: You [...] wouldn’t last 15 minutes in Texas, unless you switched yaw doilect, got yaw hair cut, and blew that bum looking roof yaw wearing.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 38: Hiramson claims that Pickles refused to audit his bill of 6000 bucks, and as he is not working for his health blew the job.|
(f) (US Und.) to discover that something is missing.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 18: blow [...] to miss something absent. Examples: [...] ‘Just as the touch was scored the boob blowed his poke.’.|
(g) (orig. US) to miss, e.g. a train, an appointment.
|Lang. Und. (1981) 99/2: To blow the meet. To fail to keep an appointment, because of suspicion either on the part of the addict or the peddler.‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 27: blow the meet To fail in keeping an appointment with a narcotic peddler.|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore 18: Blow the meet – Of a drug addict, to fail to show at a prearranged meeting with a dope peddler; of a peddler, to fail to meet the addict.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 213: He blew his tail last night – Dudley was pissed. Tonight he’d stick close.|
(h) (US) to dismiss from a job; to break off a love affair with.
|Put on the Spot 31: She was King’s sweetie, blew him for the Kid.|
|Scene (1996) 175: If I didn’t think you had the makings of a damn good Narco man, I’d have blown you a good while back.|
(i) (US) to fail.
|AS XXXVIII:3 168: To fail to pass an examination: blow.‘Kansas University Sl.: A New Generation’ in|
|AS L:1/2 53: blow ‘do badly, fail’.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
|Da Bomb [Internet] 3: Blow: [...] 2. To fail. I hope you don ’t blow the exam.|
|Guardian Rev. 18 Feb. 5: The studio was sitting there, and I thought, ‘Oh, Christ, I’ve blown it!’.|
(j) of a situation or experience, to be unpleasant, pointless, useless.
|Campus Sl. Apr. 1: blow – to be annoying, unpleasant: Carolina lost the game last night. That really blows.|
|Teenage Wasteland 93: Cops are dicks, school blows, the jocks suck.|
|Shame the Devil 139: Stefanos figured that anything that blew the first time around still blew, period.|
|Nature Girl 9: The pay blew, too: minimum wage, plus four bucks for every lead.|
(k) see blow a/one’s shot
(l) see blow (someone) away v. (1)
|(ref. to 1898) Amer. Madam (1981) 309: I suggested [...] that they drop all the fancy science talk and talk about screwing, blowing and buggering at home.|
(US) a male homosexual.
|Way Past Cool 258: Hell, you go for it [...] Sell yourselfs to Deek like cheap litle blow boys!|
(US campus) a socially unacceptable person; a stupid, foolish person.
|‘Valley Girls’ on Paranoiafanzine [Internet] You’re, like, a total blowchoice. It’s just like, whatever. You’re like, mondo beige.|
money that one risks on a bet.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 690: Until I acquire a blow stake [...] I do not have enough ready to get myself as far as Jax.‘A Job for the Macarone’ in|
1. see also under relevant n.
2. see also separate entries.
(drugs) of an addict, to blunder when injecting oneself or someone else and miss the vein, wasting the narcotic in the skin.
|AS XI:2 119/1: To blow a shot. To waste dope by missing a vein with the hypodermic.‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 1 in|
|Opium Addiction in Chicago.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Entrapment (2009) 118: Lucky for you that needle didn’t snap when you blew the shot.‘Watch Out for Daddy’ in|
|Scene (1996) 112: He didn’t want her [...] coming back in the midst of the operation and causing him to blow his shot.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 104: ‘There,’ Hank said finally, squeezing the eyedropper. ‘A good hit. Next time be more careful. You keep blowing shots like that and all you’ll have for an arm is abscesses.’.|
|Requiem for a Dream (1987) 228: You made me blow the first shot and now my arm is all messed up.|
|Bk of Jargon 339: blow it: To accidentally bypass the vein in a heroin injection and thus lose some in the skin.|
|Dict. Drug Abuse Terms 19: Blow a Vein To collapse a vein as a result of frequent intravenous injection into it.|
|Corner (1998) 77: Rita Hale rarely blows a shot, rarely leaves the dope and coke in a knotted, puffing lump under the skin, veinless and trapped.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 3: Blow a fix/blow a shot — Injection misses the vein and is wasted in the skin.|
1. (also blow one’s cap) to go mad; to become (over-)emotional.
|(con. 1920s) Schnozzola 42: What’d I tell yah? [...] Your horse has blowed his cork!|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 78: You know they carry on with their big talk and laughin or they’ll blow their caps for lookin in mirrors.|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 132: I think the two of yuz is blowin’ yer corks.|
|Hippie Trip 263: She just blew her cork right there. She had panic reactions — screaming, yelling.|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 537: One more thing today and I’d just blow my cork!|
2. to lose one’s temper.
|Love Hunter 89: She just found the pitcher and I told her what happened to it and she blew her cork.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 54: You’re too quick to take the needle, man. You should know by now how I like to see you blow your cork.|
|Charmed 113: Sofie knew that soon after Lulu blew her cork, she fizzled out and quite often regretted her harsh words.|
to masturbate; to ejaculate.
|DSUE (8th edn) 353/2: later C.20.|
|‘O’Reilly’ [US army poem] O’Reilly hit the bottle, after six years up the pole, / He; blew himself at Casey’s Place and then went in the hole.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 31 Jan. 20/1: After this, the Court adjourned, and Salon, having blown himself out with a dozen courses, returned and resumed his judicial perch in a state of mind that was positively deluged with the milk of human kindness.|
see under juice n.1
(Aus.) to come to orgasm, to ejaculate.
|Nifty Erotic Stories Archive [Internet] This kid was about to blow his lot in my mouth any second.‘Ole George’s Tale’ Part 5 on|
of a man, to achieve orgasm.
|‘Total Bollocks’ in Sleaze Issue 22 [Internet] A spokesman for Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates has denied that the stuttering spiky haired singer’s number one hit song Anyone of Us was a deeply personal ballad about the problems of premature ejaculation. ‘Whilst it indeed could “happen to any one us, anyone you could think of” and it is, of course, “nothing to be ashamed of” Mr Gates does not, and has never, had any problems blowing his tubes,’ said the spokesman.|
1. see under wad n.1
2. see under wad n.3
(US) to involve, to persuade someone to take part.
|Thompson Street Poker Club 29: Mr Cyanide Whiffles had [...] volunteered to steer his brother-in-law against the game, and, to use a technical expression, blow him in for all he was worth.|
see under water n.1
(US) to ruin, to spoil, to interfere.
|in Hellhole 210: I know that she’s gay [...] And I gave her a look back like ‘You’ll be my slave now and I’ll blow your whole scene if you don’t do what I want.’.|
|Drylongso 223: Everybody got [...] reasons for not blowing her game.|
|Time Mag. (Aus.) 13 June 52: The psychic, who had been unobtrusively exhaling through his lips to turn the pages, balked, all too aware that flying Styrofoam would literally blow his act.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 9: She looked better when she was steamed. But I didn’t want her making a scene. She was liable to blow the act. ‘Don’t get yer panties in a bunch,’ I said.|
|Groupie Central [Internet] That night we went to see Nick Lowe play, and he held my hand under the table--he didn’t want anybody to see and blow his act.|
of a man, to have sexual intercourse with (a woman).
|Tracks (Aus.) June 45: I’m really shitting bricks because this chick is really sloppy, it is like rooting a gum boot full of sago, and I’m sure she’s had her back blown off more than once [Moore 1993].|
1. (US, also do a tune) to fellate in hetero- or homosexual contexts.
|Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words 90: Do A Tune. To perform oral sex.|
|Robbers (2001) 53: I had me a swish in Huntsville [...] He could blow some tunes.|
2. (US black) to perform cunnilingus.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 230: blow some tunes Engage in cunnilingus.|
|eye mag. 8 July [Internet] On the jewelled terrace he growled at the badger, blew some tunes and went way down south in Dixie, where he found himself grinning in the canyon.‘A dirty little story’ in|
(US gay) to fellate someone and cause them to ejaculate large quantities of semen, e.g. I blew the head off him.
|Queens’ Vernacular 34: blow the head off (mid ’60s) to ejaculate large amounts of semen while being blown.|
(orig. US) to ruin the entire situation, to miss an opportunity to do or gain something.
|Duck 138: You mean they’re going to blow the show, Doc? [HDAS].|
|Requiem for a Dream (1987) 7: Harry couldn’t go any further than the coffee shop or they would blow the whole scene.|
|Submariners I i: I’m going to blow the scene.|
|48 Hours [CBS-TV] He’s really been blowin’ the show this nine weeks [HDAS].|
see blow a/one’s shot
SE in slang uses
1. an excitable or violent, unstable person; also as adj.
|[instrumental title] Blow Top.|
|Really the Blues 185: I was surrounded by a race of gangsters running amuck, a hundred million blowtops.|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 416: Blowtops like me are poison to their aims.|
|Big Heat 199: She was a genuine Irish blow-top, if you know the type.|
|Jazz Lex. 27: blowtop n. & adj. [...] (One who is) excitable, violent, or unstable.|
|Carlito’s Way 148: Talk about blowtops, they were screamin’ and cursin’.|
|Q&A 41: You gonna listen to this blowtop, Texidor?|
2. a jazz musician, esp. a first-rate performer.
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 1: Gator, take a knock down to those blow tops, who are upping some real crazy riffs and dropping them on a mellow kick and chappie the way they pull their lay hips our ship that they are from the land of razz ma tazz.|
1. see also under relevant n.
2. see also separate entries.
(US) to lose one’s temper; to become over-excited.
|Corruption City 65: I won’t have any more of this sneaking through alleys [...] every time somebody in this outfit blows a cork.|
(US) to explode with rage.
|House Detective 211: Don’t worry about ol’ Doc blowing his valve. He’ll forget all about it, by mornin’ [HDAS].|
|Up from Never 107: Whadda ya blowin’ ya tube fa? So I got fired from that crummy sweatshop [...] [HDAS].|
|‘The Great Game Show Mystery’ [Internet] Zack: Hey, don’t blow a valve. It isn’t my fault! She made me do it! Zoicite grabbed Zack by the collar of his turtleneck.|
(US) to have an apoplectic fit (and die of it).
|Dream Street [NBC-TV] Don’t blow a vein, Pop [HDAS].|
|X-Files Epsiode Ratings [Internet] Mulder got a richly deserved taste of his own medicine. I don’t know how Scully didn’t blow a vein just with the killer looks she got.|
|Tenchi Muyo Fan Fiction Archive ‘Shogun Muyo’ Ch. 4: [Internet] Relax, your gonna blow a vein or something.|
(orig. US black) to get angry or annoyed.
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad 14: Blow your jets Get annoyed, lose your cool.|
(US) to lose control, to lose one’s composure.
(US black) to lose one’s mind; to become unconscious, to pass out drunk.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 87: To ‘blow the sky’ means to lose the mind, to get drunk, to be rendered unconscious.|