Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blown adj.

also blowed upon, blown up, blown upon
[abbr. SE blown open / blow v.1 (1c)]


[UK]Congreve Old Bachelor V v: Your wife has been blown upon.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: blown upon seen by several … not blown upon, a secret piece of News or Poetry, that has not taken air, spick and span-new.
[UK]Defoe Hist. of Colonel Jack (1723) 92: ‘As for that,’ says Will, ‘I cou’d Sell it well enough, if I had it, but I must not be seen any where among my old Acquaintances, for I am blown, and they will all betray me.’.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: blown upon divulged, seen by several, despised or slighted; Not blown upon, the contrary; secret, much set by, &c.
[UK]H. Carey Dragon of Wantley I iii: By Jove! I’m blown. Zounds!
[UK]Ordinary of Newgate Account of the Malefactors executed at Tyburn 18th March 1740 part II 8: When you are out upon Business, you may be smoak’d, and then perhaps all may be blown.
[UK]W. Kenrick Falstaff’s Wedding (1766) I v: Poor blown Jack!
[UK]Foote The Minor 81: Sir, Sir, we are all in the wrong box, my scheme is blowen up.
[UK]Foote Bankrupt III i: Then the business shall be blown up in an instant.
[UK]Foote Cozeners in Works (1799) II 191: The game is up – we are blown – make off as fast as you can.
[Ire]J. O’Keeffe Wicklow Mountains 18: Open my letters! then all is blown indeed.
[UK]T. Morton Way to Get Married in Inchbold (1808) XXV 71: Confound Mr. Caustic! My bankruptcy will be blown, and then —.
[UK]W.T. Moncrieff Tom and Jerry II vi: ’Tis the blunt that does it – but stow magging, Tom, or we shall get blown.
[Aus]P. Cunningham New South Wales II 232: If the robbery is likely to be blown, they will hide a portion of the plunder.
[US]Spirit of the Times (NY) 4 Feb. 3/1: A certain gentleman [...] was completely ‘blown’ and ‘cut’ as decidely vulgar.
[UK]Marryat Peter Simple (1911) 135: In short, Mr. Simple, I was blown upon.
[UK]W.N. Glascock Land Sharks and Sea Gulls II 86: Some o’ your precious, cursed, inquisitive sarvants have gone, an’ been, an’ took, an’ prigged the paper; and we’re blown—blown to a sartinty!
[UK]Dickens Oliver Twist (1966) 137: ‘I’m afraid [...] that he may do something which will get us into trouble.’ ‘That’s very likely,’ returned Sikes with a malicious grin. ‘You’re blowed upon, Fagin.’.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 13 Nov. 1/2: ‘Blown by —’ cried the latter with a fearful oath; ‘the the Peelers are on us’.
[Ind]Delhi Sketch Bk 1 Sept. 98/2: [S]he made her way to Europe, having got rather too extensively blown in this country.
[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 342: If we ain’t minus in less than no time we’re blowed upon.
[UK]M.E. Braddon Trail of the Serpent 232: Whether he thought as how something was up and he was blown [...] I can’t take it upon myself to say.
[UK]J. Greenwood Dick Temple II 66: The game’s blown, my girl.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 77: If they heard about the job being blown or the police set on our track, they were to wire to one of the border townships we had to pass.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) VIII 1530: Too many knew of it [i.e. a peep hole] evidently, and it no doubt was ‘blown upon’.
[US]New Yorker 6 Apr. 38: A combination tobacconist’s shop and foreign-agents’ ‘drop,’ which was ‘blown’ when a quisling agent found himelf smoking a chat of harbor defences.
[US]G.V. Higgins Rat on Fire (1982) 27: You come jumpin’ in now with your bowels in an uproar, the case is blown.
[UK]A. Bleasdale No Surrender 17: I’ve been blown, I’ve been blown.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Godson 22: ‘[H]e legs it rather than have his smother blown’.
[Aus]G. Disher Paydirt [ebook] His cover had been blown.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 18 May 16: An account of how the IRA managed to tap British army phone lines for months, and how the operation was blown.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 278: The real old bill [...] come down here in cavalry-charge mode and the swindle’s blown.