Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blow v.2

[SE blow, to explode]

1. in sexual terms.

(a) [17C] to bring to orgasm.

(b) [mid-17C+] to reach orgasm; thus blowing n.

(c) [1930s+] (also blow off) to fellate; occas. to perform cunnilingus; thus blown adj.

(d) [1970s+] (US campus) to have sexual intercourse.

2. (also blew, blue) in fig. uses, meaning to expend.

(a) [mid-19C] to rob, to steal.

(b) [mid-19C+] to squander, to waste, esp. of money.

(c) [late 19C+] (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.

(d) [late 19C+] to spend.

(e) [20C+] to waste an opportunity, a relationship etc.

(f) [1970s] (US) of a pimp, to lose a prostitute from one’s stable n. (2)

3. in terms pertaining to negativity.

(a) [late 19C+] to ruin, to upset, to destroy, to lose.

(b) [20C+] to botch, to bungle, to lose (a contest or game); esp. as blow it.

(c) [20C+] (also blow it) to crack under emotional or other pressure, to explode emotionally.

(d) [20C+] of people, to reject, to abandon.

(e) [late 19C-1900s] of a situation or object, to give up on, to abandon.

(f) [1910s] (US Und.) to discover that something is missing.

(g) [1910s+] (orig. US) to miss, e.g. a train, an appointment.

(h) [1920s–60s] (US) to dismiss from a job; to break off a love affair with.

(i) [1960s+] (US) to fail.

(j) [1970s+] of a situation or experience, to be unpleasant, pointless, useless.

(k) see blow a/one’s shot

(l) see blow (someone) away v. (1)

In derivatives

blowing (n.)

[1930s] fellatio.

In compounds

blowboy (n.)

[1930s+] (US) a male homosexual.

blowchoice (n.)

[2000s] (US campus) a socially unacceptable person; a stupid, foolish person.

blowstake (n.)

[1930s] money that one risks on a bet.

In phrases

blow... (v.)

1. see also under relevant n.

2. see also separate entries.

blow a/one’s shot (v.) (also blow, blow a fix, blow it, blow the vein) [fix n.3 (1)/shot n.1 (6b)]

[1930s+] (drugs) of an addict, to blunder when injecting oneself or someone else and miss the vein, wasting the narcotic in the skin.

blow one’s cork (v.) [1920s+] (US)

1. (also blow one’s cap) to go mad; to become (over-)emotional.

2. to lose one’s temper.

blow one’s dust (v.)

[1960s–70s] to masturbate; to ejaculate.

blow oneself (out) (v.)

[early–mid-19C] to binge.

blow one’s lot (v.)

[1940s+] (Aus.) to come to orgasm, to ejaculate.

blow one’s tube (v.) [the image is of a submarine, but note sense 1b + tube n.1 (1)]

[1990s+] of a man, to achieve orgasm.

blow someone out of the water (v.)

see under water n.1

blow someone’s act (v.) (also blow someone’s game, …scene, blow the act) [sense 3a/scene n. (1)]

[1970s+] (US) to ruin, to spoil, to interfere.

blow someone’s back off (v.)

[1980s] of a man, to have sexual intercourse with (a woman).

blow some tunes (v.) [joc. use of sense 1c + SE tunes]

1. [1970s+] (US, also do a tune) to fellate in hetero- or homosexual contexts.

2. [1980s+] (US black) to perform cunnilingus.

blow the head off (v.)

[1960s] (US gay) to fellate someone and cause them to ejaculate large quantities of semen, e.g. I blew the head off him.

blow the show (v.) (also blow the scene) [show n. (1)/scene n. (1)]

[1960s+] (orig. US) to ruin the entire situation, to miss an opportunity to do or gain something.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

blowtop (n.) [blow one’s top v.] [1930s+] (US black)

1. an excitable or violent, unstable person; also as adj.

2. a jazz musician, esp. a first-rate performer.

In phrases

blow... (v.)

1. see also under relevant n.

2. see also separate entries.

blow a cork (v.)

[1950s] (US) to lose one’s temper; to become over-excited.

blow a/one’s valve (v.) (also blow one’s tube)

[1950s+] (US) to explode with rage.

blow a vein (v.)

[1980s] (US) to have an apoplectic fit (and die of it).

blow one’s jets (v.)

[2000s] (orig. US black) to get angry or annoyed.

blow one’s shoes (v.)

[20C+] (US) to lose control, to lose one’s composure.

blow the sky (v.)

[1940s] (US black) to lose one’s mind; to become unconscious, to pass out drunk.