Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blow! excl.1

1. a dismissive excl.; synon. with to hell with...! under hell n.

[UK]C. Hitchin Conduct of Receivers and Thief-Takers 18: Blow your House with a witness; your House ought with you and all your Attendants to be blown up together.
[UK] ‘Gallery of 140 Comicalities’ Bell’s Life in London 24 June 1/2: You aren’t the rigular Dustman, blow ye!
[UK]Dickens Oliver Twist (1966) 182: ‘Where’s your spirit? Don’t you take any pride out of yourself?’ [...] ‘Oh, blow that!’ said Master Bates.
[UK]Dickens Martin Chuzzlewit (1995) 663: ‘Blow Pecksniff!’ cried Mr. Tapley, in the fervour of his eloquence. ‘Who’s he!’.
[UK]C. Kingsley Alton Locke (1850) 27: Blow temperance, and blow all Chartists, say I!
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 12 May 3/2: ‘Blow the Court,’ said the pair ‘we’ll leave the kids here for you to take care of them’ .
[Aus]‘A. Pendragon’ Queen of the South 77: Oh, blow that [...] I’m tired of your larks.
[UK]Broad Arrow Jack 22: Oh, blow your weakness! dash your helplessness, and jigger your happetite!
[US]M. Thompson Hoosier Mosaics 40: Blow the blasted luck!
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 13 June 11/1: Blow your ‘little Constance!’ / That! for your report! / P’haps your ‘little Constance’ / Has a little wart.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 21 Jan. 6/6: Likewise little cuss words / Such as ‘blast’ and ‘blow’ / Quite as much as wuss words / Fill the place below.
[UK]E.W. Hornung Amateur Cracksman (1992) 88: ‘We would,’ said he, ‘and blow the odds!’.
[UK]Gem 17 Oct. 18: Blow your dorg.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Cow’ in Backblock Ballads 35: Blow yer beauty! Wot’s the matter with the maiden ’oo kin milk?
[UK]J.B. Booth Sporting Times 136: O, blow the command programme.
[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 86: Blow all that, the parachute captain said.
[UK]J. Osborne Epitaph for George Dillon Act III: Oh, blow that.
[UK]A. Buckeridge Jennings in Particular (1988) 36: Phew! Blow that for a lark!
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 16/1: blow that for a joke! emphatic rejection; ‘blow’ euphemistic curse; eg ‘Me referee that lot? Blow that for a joke!’.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Rev. 19 Mar. 13: Blow anyone else!
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].

2. a euph. for damn! excl.

[UK]Patriot 4 Sept. 30: Devil blow me, but you shall sleep in the best feather bed I have.
[UK]F.F.Cooper Elbow-Shakers! I ii: He sha’nt marry Sally – blow me!
[UK] ‘The Turncock’ in Regular Thing, And No Mistake 68: Sam swore he loved, she swore again, / ‘blow her if she’d marry’, / He thought to blow his brains out / straight, and toddle to old Harry.
[UK]Hereford Jrnl 19 June 4/6: Jack, [...] employing such strange expletives as ‘blow my eyes’ — ‘now blow my limbs’ — ‘now, blow me tight!’.
[Aus]G.C. Mundy Our Antipodes II 119: ‘Then blow me but I’ll make you,’ thundered the A.B. seaman.
[UK] ‘Nothing like Grog’ India-Rubber Face Song Book 2: And, blow me, there’s no thing like grog.
[UK]Sporting Times 18 Jan. 1: Oh blow this weather!
[UK]E.E. Rogers [perf. Marie Lloyd] G’arn Away [lyrics] [B]ut blow my eyes, / When ’e says that whelks are best.
[UK]Kipling ‘In Ambush’ in Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 30: ‘Bother! Likewise blow!’ said McTurk thoughtfully.
[UK]H.G. Wells Kipps (1952) 228: ‘Oh, blow!’ he said at last, and then viciously, ‘Blow!’.
[UK]E. Pugh Cockney At Home 69: Blow me, Bill, but I never see sech a stick-in-the-mud as you!
[UK]E. Raymond Tell England (1965) 28: An hour’s sweat with Radley. Oh, hang! Blow! Damn!