Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blow v.2

[SE blow, to explode]

1. in sexual terms.

(a) to bring to orgasm.

[UK] ‘As I Travers’d To & Fro’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) V 19: Limping Vulcan he came [...] Venus follow’d after him, / And swore she’d blow the bellows.
[UK] ‘A Ballad’ in Wilson 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.
[UK] in D’Urfey 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.

[UK] ‘Song’ in Playford 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.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy VI 343: As this young couple sported, / The maiden she did blow.
[Ire] ‘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.
[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 188: After I had blown my insides into her, I got dressed.
[US]C. Loken Come Monday Morning 90: He barely got it up against her pumped a couple’a times before he blew all over her skirt.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 113: Look at that thing they’re dragging into the wagon. She’s just about blowing in her pants.
[Aus]B. Moore Lex. of Cadet Lang. 46: blow2 to ejaculate — as in the common expression ‘he blew his load’.
[Scot]I. Welsh Glue 42: Ah wis decidin whether or no ah wanted tae blaw it intae her mooth.
[Aus]J.J. DeCeglie 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.

[US] (ref. to late 19C) N. Kimball Amer. Madam (1981) 204: The Greek contractor wanted me to blow him in the bundle room.
[US]‘J.M. Hall’ Anecdota Americana II 71: ‘Hello darling have you been blue while I was gone?’ ‘Blown, dear, blown!’ shouted back Mr. Cabot, Jr.
[US]D. Maurer ‘Prostitutes & Criminal Argots’ in Lang. Und. (1981) 116/1: To blow (you) off. To hold intercourse through the mouth.
[US] ‘Chambers & Hiss in Betrayed’ [comic strip] in B. Adelman Tijuana Bibles (1997) 125: Alger Hiss is gayly blowing Whittaker Chambers’ prick.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 370: The cocksucker blows his friend in haste, / Then he licks it up so it won’t go to waste.
[US]A. Ginsberg ‘Howl’ Howl and Other Poems 12: Who blew and were blown by those human seraphim, the sailors.
[US]A. Reiss in Cressey & Ward Delinquency, Crime, and Social Process (1969) 997: My younger brother came home and told me this gay’d blowed him.
[US]E. Newton Mother Camp 75: He kneels on the sidewalk ‘blowing’ on passing men for quarters.
[US]D. Mamet Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1994) 87: A woman blowing a man’s natural. A woman blowing a dog’s disgusting.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 220: He was on the floor, nude, being fellated by a pre-pubescent chubby blonde girl, who promptly stopped blowing him.
[UK]D. Jarman diary 6 Aug. 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?’.
[UK]J. Mowry Six Out Seven (1994) 249: This bitch [...] jump on a donkey, swing underneath, an blow that muthafucka off, man!
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 485: She’s up for anything. She’ll blow the lot of us, won’t you, Lucy?
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 103: Fellatio Joe, Fellatio Joe, no-one can blow like Fellatio Joe!
[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 21: I figured I’d take her out to the parking lot [...] let her blow me.
[Aus]L. Redhead Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘Who’s a girl have to blow to get a drink around here?’.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] Who’ve we gotta blow to get some pool service round here.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 24: Excuse me for driving over here [...], blowing you and then fucking you.
[US] 20 Nov. 🌐 The first time I walked in on one guy blowing another through a hole in the wall I felt … nothing.
[UK]P. Baker Fabulosa 289/2: blow to give oral sex.
[US]D. Winslow Border [ebook] [A] boy named Travis who Eddie was pretty sure she was blowing.
[US](con. 1991-94) W. Boyle City of Margins 71: [W]ho could get Sara Desiderio to blow them.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 291: [N]ext week you’re getting blown by Playboy bunnies and Hustler centrefolds.

(d) (US campus) to have sexual intercourse.

[US] in E. Cray 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.
[US] P. Munro Sl. U.

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

(a) to rob, to steal.

[UK]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.
[UK]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.
[UK]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.
[UK]G.R. Sims ‘That New-Born Babe’ Dagonet Ditties 105: He began to blue the property to which he was the heir.

(b) to squander, to waste, esp. of money.

[UK]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.
[UK]Wild Boys of London I 75/2: Sich an hawful lot of coin I’ve blued, too.
[US]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?’.
[UK]Sl. Dict. 86: Blew or blow, [...] to lose or spend money.
[UK]F. Gilbert ‘I’m the Fellow that Tells the Truth’ 🎵 I took down a ‘tenner’ as proud as a Prince, / I very soon managed to ‘blue’ it.
[Aus] ‘Prince Albert’s Fashion’ 🌐 They never bust or blue their cheques / At shanties on the track.
[Aus]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’.
[US]W.J. Kountz 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.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 72: I kin show all the knockers sumpin’ when I start blowin’ his roll!
[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘Strictly Business’ in Strictly Business (1915) 11: If they’d save their money instead of blowing it.
[Aus]Drew & Evans Grafter (1922) 8: ‘After us taking weeks to get it together [...] you blow the bank’.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Mufti 187: Let’s blow the lot while we’re about it. I’m going back tomorrow.
[US](con. WWI) H. Odum Wings on My Feet 179: Blowed all that money in maybe in jes’ ’bout a week.
D.,W. Lovelace King Kong 136: ‘Holy Mackerel, Ann! I’m certainly glad we blew ourselves for that outfit of yours’.
[Aus]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.
[US]D. Maurer Big Con 27: The joint wanted to know how much your egg would blow.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 160: You got the money, go blow it.
[US]Mad mag. June 20: I Blew My Social Security Check on a Geritol Binge.
[UK]A. Burgess 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’.
[Aus]K. Tennant Tell Morning This 22: ‘[D]on’t tell old Mort I’ve got anything [i.e. money] or he’ll want to blue the lot’.
[US]D. Goines Street Players 214: With Billy’s death, Earl had blown everything.
[Aus] (ref. to 1890s) ‘Gloss. of Larrikin Terms’ in J. Murray Larrikins 202: blewed: someone who has lost their money or spent all of it has ‘blewed it’.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 64: But caddies never save their dough. They either blow it on booze or pussy or gambling or dope.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 219: Cohen underboss, given a fiefdom – he promptly blew it, investing badly, no funds to pay his men.
[Aus]J. Byrell Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 98: Consequently, Uncle Ern blew a poultice on the fledgling Poseidon.
[UK]N. Cohn Yes We have No 278: He comes back to the Bigg Market and blows the lot.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Real Life 16 Jan. 4: I [...] jogged over to the Ritz to blow some of the winnings on tea.
R. Sullivan LAbyrinth 201: [S]taying in a $1,500 a night suite at Caesar’s Palace, and blowing through $21,000 in a single weekend.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 30: Don’t blow it all on one broad, the money.
[US]C. Hiaasen Squeeze Me 70: Two white customers that had blown all their cash at the club.

(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.

[US]S. Crane in 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.
[US]F. Norris Vandover and the Brute (1914) 79: I thought I’d blow myself for some rags.
[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 309: I blew him off to an ammonia cocktail.
[US]T.J. Hains 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.
[US]E. Townsend Chimmie Fadden and Mr Paul 99: I ’ll blow you off to a bottle of beer and a lobster.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 373: Nat had generously decided to buy Dave a present. The week before, Dave had blown him to six collars.
[US]H.A. McGill ‘The Hall-Room Boys’ [comic strip] Come on over to Popp’s and I’ll blow to the sodas.
[US]Ade Knocking the Neighbors 188: Or else blow the whole Gang to a high-priced Feed.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Aug. 32/4: Come on, Scotty. We’ll run the game for ’em, so’s one of ’em must blow off.
[UK]A.G. Empey Over the Top 129: The day that he was detailed as Brigade Sniper, he celebrated his appointment by blowing the whole platoon to fags.
[US]S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 178: It’s up to the dominie to blow the three of us to a dinner.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 311: You’re going to blow me to a good lunch.
[US]W. Smitter F.O.B. Detroit 67: Just because you’ve blowed yourself for a few tickets.
[US]B. Schulberg What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 129: Sammy was blowing them to a spread at La Maze.
[US](con. 1910s) J. Thompson Heed the Thunder (1994) 1104: ‘Give me five cents’ worth of cheese, Sim.’ ‘Kind of blowin’ yourself, ain’t ye?’ said Simon.
[US](con. early 1930s) C. McKay Harlem Glory (1990) 26: I’ll blow the gang to Montmartre tonight.
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.
[US](con. 1928) in Gaddis & Long Panzram (2002) 114: When you read this [...] you’ll wish you had blown my brains out instead of blowing me to smokes and eats.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 118: C’mon, I’ll blow you guys to Tabs.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 161: Let’s blow him to a feed.

(d) (also blow off) to spend.

[US]Cincinnati Enquirer (OH) 24 Dec. 12/4: ‘We blew off the money in a saloon’.
[UK]Albert Chevalier ‘The Candid Man’ 🎵 I blewed the blessed lot, Ev’ry stiver as I’d got.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 59: That Sam’s a swell dip, an’ blows his coin like a sport.
[US]C.E. Mulford Bar-20 xi: He counted his wealth over twice by mistake an’ shore raised a howl when he went to blow it.
[US]J. McCree ‘Types’ Variety Stage Eng. Plays 🌐 Then I blew the kale and trailed the boob to make another dip.
[Aus]A. Marshall These Are My People (1957) 72: One day I was in the pub and two rabbiters come in to blow their cheque.
[US] ‘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.
[US]P. Thomas 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.

[US]F. Hutchison 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’.
[US]H. Green 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.
[US]D. Runyon ‘All Horse Players Die Young’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 715: Uncle Fritz blows the biggest opportunity of his life in not grabbing the opening.
[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 99: It wasn’t that funny because Furg had blown the gig, too.
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 65: Let’s go make some bread before we blow the whole night.
[US]‘Red’ Rudensky Gonif 125: Well, I blew it again . . . damn, damn, damn!
[US]C. Hiaasen Lucky You 134: He didn’t want to blow a shot at free press coverage.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 27 Jan. 7: She very nearly blew everything by getting involved with sexy GP, Richard Locke.
[US]‘Touré’ Portable Promised Land (ms.) 46: You’ve got a tremendous opportunity here. I wouldn’t blow it if I were you.
[US]L. Berney Whiplash River [ebook] ‘“You blew it and you can never, ever have me again. [...] Sucks, doesn’t it?’.

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

[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ 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.

[Aus]J.S. Borlase Blue Cap, the Bushranger 50/2: Come, blow this yarning – my throat’s dry.
[US]W.J. Kountz 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.
[US]C. Hamilton Men of the Und. 320: Blow, 1. To interrupt a criminal act.
[US]E. De Roo Go, Man, Go! 150: Paul could see all his chances for driving Sunday blown to hell.
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 58: If you let her get away with that shit, you gon’ blow [lose her].
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 148: He just did it privately because he didn’t want to blow his image.
[US]P. Cornwell Body of Evidence (1992) 376: His eighty-one Mercury Lynx blew the transmission.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 26: No danger of any music journos blowing their cred.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 26 Feb. 8: The show was about the crapness of the come-back, blowing one’s own myth.
[US]T. Piccirilli Last Kind Words 83: ‘I don’t blow anyone else’s scores.’ ‘Righteous’.

(b) to botch, to bungle, to lose (a contest or game); esp. as blow it.

[US]D. Clemmer 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.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Tight Shoes’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 466: The good thing in the first race blows.
[UK]W.R. Burnett Nobody Lives for Ever 22: Ray Slavens told me you almost blew the big one just because you got sore at the sucker.
[US]J. Thompson Savage Night (1991) 63: It might blow the job if I knew.
[US]L. Hairston ‘The Winds of Change’ in Clarke Harlem, USA (1971) 324: After blowin’ my audition, I wasn’t in no mood for Sis’s abuse.
[US]E. Tidyman Shaft 143: It had been a simple job. But somehow he had blown it.
[US]G.V. Higgins Friends of Eddie Coyle 152: Jimmy hadda hit that guy because you blew it already in the bank.
[UK]T. Lewis GBH 268: ‘You’ve blown it, Eddie’.
[UK]A-Team Storybook 15: You blew it Bodene, and you know it.
[Scot]I. Welsh Trainspotting 63: If ye blow the interview on purpose; the cunts tell the dole n those bastards stoap yir giro.
[UK]Guardian G2 29 July 23: Fonda sounds the death knell: ‘We blew it,’ he says.
[UK]Observer Screen 6 Feb. 2: And I ran out of time. I blew it [...] How embarrassing.
[US]Simon & Lehane ‘Dead Soldiers’ Wire ser. 3 ep. 3 [TV script] We blew a wire over a fucking dog.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 17: Which is why you can’t blow it with IA. You do your job there same as you always do.
[US]S. King Finders Keepers (2016) 282: Fuck me, I blew it.

(c) (also blow it) to crack under emotional or other pressure, to explode emotionally.

[US]H. Hapgood Autobiog. of a Thief 43: The girl did not ‘blow’ (take alarm).
[US]M. Spillane Long Wait (1954) 169: Things are getting ready to blow, aren’t they?
[US]M. Braly Felony Tank (1962) 48: Did they blow it when you gave them a hard time?
[US]Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 133: You’re gettin’ ready to blow. I’m a mushroom-cloud-layin’ motherfucker.
[UK]Observer 15 Apr. 13: Maybe it’ll blow.
[US]T. Pluck Boy from County Hell 278: The country had to blow, like that rig out in the Gulf.

(d) of people, to reject, to abandon.

[US]H. Green Maison De Shine 57: I presume I’m good enough when yer swell frens blow you.
[US]S. Allen Bop Fables 38: Why don’t you blow your grandmother and we’ll have some laughs.

(e) (also blow it) of a situation or object, to give up on, to abandon.

[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 22 Apr. 2/3: Oh. blow it, Mayo, if you will play through the nose you can’t complain if you ‘pay through the nose’.
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.
[US]B. Fisher 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.
[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 9: I took two pops. It blew my sixteen days off the juice.

(f) (US Und.) to discover that something is missing.

[US]Jackson & Hellyer 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.

[US]D. Maurer ‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in 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.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 27: blow the meet To fail in keeping an appointment with a narcotic peddler.
[US]J.E. Schmidt 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.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy 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.

[US]J. Lait Put on the Spot 31: She was King’s sweetie, blew him for the Kid.
[US]C. Cooper Jr 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.

[US]Dundes & Schonhorn ‘Kansas University Sl.: A New Generation’ in AS XXXVIII:3 168: To fail to pass an examination: blow.
[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 53: blow ‘do badly, fail’.
[US]Da Bomb 🌐 3: Blow: [...] 2. To fail. I hope you don ’t blow the exam.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 18 Feb. 5: The studio was sitting there, and I thought, ‘Oh, Christ, I’ve blown it!’.
[US]Myers & Workman Kick 55: ‘Christy kind of gets by in school [...] then she blew a test big-time’.

(j) of a situation or experience, to be unpleasant, pointless, useless.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 1: blow – to be annoying, unpleasant: Carolina lost the game last night. That really blows.
[US]D. Gaines Teenage Wasteland 93: Cops are dicks, school blows, the jocks suck.
[US]G. Pelecanos Shame the Devil 139: Stefanos figured that anything that blew the first time around still blew, period.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 9: The pay blew, too: minimum wage, plus four bucks for every lead.
N. Knight ‘Not Even a Mouse’ in ThugLit Nov.-Dec. [ebook] ‘This luncheon blows’.

(k) see blow a/one’s shot

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

In derivatives

blowing (n.)


[US] (ref. to 1898) N. Kimball Amer. Madam (1981) 309: I suggested [...] that they drop all the fancy science talk and talk about screwing, blowing and buggering at home.

In compounds

blowboy (n.)

(US) a male homosexual.

[UK]J. Mowry Way Past Cool 258: Hell, you go for it [...] Sell yourselfs to Deek like cheap litle blow boys!
blowchoice (n.)

(US campus) a socially unacceptable person; a stupid, foolish person.

‘Valley Girls’ on Paranoiafanzine 🌐 You’re, like, a total blowchoice. It’s just like, whatever. You’re like, mondo beige.
blowstake (n.)

money that one risks on a bet.

[US]D. Runyon ‘A Job for the Macarone’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 690: Until I acquire a blow stake [...] I do not have enough ready to get myself as far as Jax.

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)]

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

[US]D. Maurer ‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 1 in AS XI:2 119/1: To blow a shot. To waste dope by missing a vein with the hypodermic.
[US]B. Dai Opium Addiction in Chicago.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]N. Algren ‘Watch Out for Daddy’ in Entrapment (2009) 118: Lucky for you that needle didn’t snap when you blew the shot.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 112: He didn’t want her [...] coming back in the midst of the operation and causing him to blow his shot.
[US]J. Mills 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.’.
[US]H. Selby Jr Requiem for a Dream (1987) 228: You made me blow the first shot and now my arm is all messed up.
[US]D.E. Miller Bk of Jargon 339: blow it: To accidentally bypass the vein in a heroin injection and thus lose some in the skin.
[US]E.L. Abel Dict. Drug Abuse Terms 19: Blow a Vein To collapse a vein as a result of frequent intravenous injection into it.
[US]Simon & Burns 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.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 3: Blow a fix/blow a shot — Injection misses the vein and is wasted in the skin.
blow one’s cork (v.) (US)

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

[US](con. 1920s) G. Fowler Schnozzola 42: What’d I tell yah? [...] Your horse has blowed his cork!
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel 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.
[US]B. Schulberg On the Waterfront (1964) 132: I think the two of yuz is blowin’ yer corks.
[US]L. Yablonsky Hippie Trip 263: She just blew her cork right there. She had panic reactions — screaming, yelling.
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 537: One more thing today and I’d just blow my cork!

2. to lose one’s temper.

E.F. Droge Patolman 74: They taunted the patrolmen [...] just waiting for one to blow his cork so that they might in some way blame him for any trouble that followed.
[US]J. Hassler Love Hunter 89: She just found the pitcher and I told her what happened to it and she blew her cork.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks 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.
[US]B. Ciotta Charmed 113: Sofie knew that soon after Lulu blew her cork, she fizzled out and quite often regretted her harsh words.
blow one’s dust (v.)

to masturbate; to ejaculate.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 353/2: later C.20.
blow oneself (out) (v.)

to binge.

[US] ‘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.
[Aus]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.
blow one’s lot (v.)

(Aus.) to come to orgasm, to ejaculate.

[US]‘Jamie Anderson’ ‘Ole George’s Tale’ Part 5 on Nifty Erotic Stories Archive 🌐 This kid was about to blow his lot in my mouth any second.
blow one’s tube (v.) [the image is of a submarine, but note sense 1b + tube n.1 (1)]

of a man, to achieve orgasm.

‘Total Bollocks’ in Sleaze Issue 22 🌐 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.
blow someone in (v.)

(US) to involve, to persuade someone to take part.

[US]H.G. Carleton 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.
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)]

(US) to ruin, to spoil, to interfere.

[US] in S. Harris 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.’.
[US]J.L. Gwaltney 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.
[US]‘Randy Everhard’ 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 🌐 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.
blow someone’s back off (v.)

of a man, to have sexual intercourse with (a woman).

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

1. (US, also do a tune) to fellate in hetero- or homosexual contexts.

[US]R.A. Wilson Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words 90: Do A Tune. To perform oral sex.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 53: I had me a swish in Huntsville [...] He could blow some tunes.

2. (US black) to perform cunnilingus.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 230: blow some tunes Engage in cunnilingus.
[US]D. Lypchuk ‘A dirty little story’ in eye mag. 8 July 🌐 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.
blow the head off (v.)

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

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 34: blow the head off (mid ’60s) to ejaculate large amounts of semen while being blown.
blow the show (v.) (also blow the scene) [show n. (1)/scene n. (1)]

(orig. US) to ruin the entire situation, to miss an opportunity to do or gain something.

G. Moorse Duck 138: You mean they’re going to blow the show, Doc? [HDAS].
[US]H. Selby Jr Requiem for a Dream (1987) 7: Harry couldn’t go any further than the coffee shop or they would blow the whole scene.
[UK]T. McClenaghan 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].

SE in slang uses

In compounds

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

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

[US]Count Basie Orchestra [instrumental title] Blow Top.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 185: I was surrounded by a race of gangsters running amuck, a hundred million blowtops.
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 416: Blowtops like me are poison to their aims.
[US]W.P. McGivern Big Heat 199: She was a genuine Irish blow-top, if you know the type.
[US]R.S. Gold Jazz Lex. 27: blowtop n. & adj. [...] (One who is) excitable, violent, or unstable.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 132: Talk about blowtops, they were screamin’ and cursin’.
[US]E. Torres Q&A 41: You gonna listen to this blowtop, Texidor?

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

[US]L. Durst 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.

In phrases

blow... (v.)

1. see also under relevant n.

2. see also separate entries.

blow a cork (v.)

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

[US]H. McCoy Corruption City 65: I won’t have any more of this sneaking through alleys [...] every time somebody in this outfit blows a cork.
blow a/one’s valve (v.) (also blow one’s tube)

(US) to explode with rage.

Collans & Sterling House Detective 211: Don’t worry about ol’ Doc blowing his valve. He’ll forget all about it, by mornin’ [HDAS].
J.N. Sorrentino Up from Never 107: Whadda ya blowin’ ya tube fa? So I got fired from that crummy sweatshop [...] [HDAS].
[US]C. MacDuff ‘The Great Game Show Mystery’ 🌐 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.
blow a vein (v.)

(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 🌐 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: 🌐 Relax, your gonna blow a vein or something.
blow one’s shoes (v.)

(US) to lose control, to lose one’s composure.

[US] in DARE.
blow the sky (v.)

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

[US]D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 87: To ‘blow the sky’ means to lose the mind, to get drunk, to be rendered unconscious.