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    My dictionary explains phrasal verbs such as 'blow up,blow over and blow out',but it does not have any explanation for 'blow off'.What does it mean?





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    "Blow off" means to ignore.

    Someone invites you a function, you decide at the last minute not to attend and just don't go; you've blown it off.

    A co-worker makes a nasty remark about your clothes, you shrug and ignore her; you've blown her off.


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    You've got homework to do, but you decide to go partying instead.

    That's blowing off your responsibilities.

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    My dictionary explains phrasal verbs such as 'blow up,blow over and blow out',but it does not have any explanation for 'blow off'.What does it mean?





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    In the UK too.

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    Hi…

    There are a few words concerning the matter in question.
    blow off =

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    come off due to an explosion or other strong force2. vent one's strong feelings; see blow off steam

    blow off stem = let off steam. Air or relieve one's pent-up feelings by loud talk or vigorous activity.

    For example, Joan's shouting did not mean she was angry at you; she was just blowing off steam, or

    After spending the day on very exacting work, Tom blew off steam by going for a long run.

    This metaphoric term refers to easing the pressure in a steam engine.

    blow the lid off = blow wide open. expose, especially a scandal or illegal activity. For example,

    The newspaper's investigation blew the lid off the governor's awarding state contracts to his friends.

    3. disregard, ignore; evade something important. For example, If you blow off your homework, you're bound to run into trouble on the exam.

    4. overcome, defeat easily, as in With Rob pitching, we'll have no trouble blowing off the opposing team.

    5. ignore, abandon, refuse to take part. For example,

    The college is blowing off our request for a new student center.

    6. expend, exhaust To blow off all ammunition.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 17-Sep-2008 at 08:01.

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