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    blow off the exam ?

    Webster Collegiate says 'blow off' means 'ignore' or 'to refuse to take notice of'.

    But what about 'blow off the exam'?

    Somebody told me 'blowing off the exam' means not taking the exam. But is it possible that it means not taking the exam seriously by, say, watching TV all night before the exam, and come to take it the next day anyway?

    Thank you!

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    Re: blow off the exam ?

    Given the right context, yes, but it would be stated like this,

    Max: Did you pass the exam?
    Pat: I'm not sure. I blew off studying for it.

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    Re: blow off the exam ?

    "Blowing off the exam" could mean either of these. Basically, the person is saying thy didn't take the exam seriously, whether they didn't take it or they didn't prepare for it. The phrase itself is not definative.

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    Re: blow off the exam ?

    Thanks, flcracker!

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    Re: blow off the exam ?

    Quote Originally Posted by peteryoung
    Thanks, flcracker!
    If you say:

    That exam was a blow off.(sl)

    blow off is a noun here and means exceptionally easy.

    It's like blowing off a candle...done successfully with one puff of air, so to speak.

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