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    blow up for boost

    Can we say that something blows up popularity instead of boosts popularity?

    "The political debates on TV blew up his popularity."

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    Re: blow up for boost

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can we say that something blows up popularity instead of boosts popularity?

    "The political debates on TV blew up his popularity."
    No.

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    Re: blow up for boost

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    No.
    Can we use it for exaggerate something "The facts were blown up in the newspapers."?

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    Re: blow up for boost

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can we use it for exaggerate something "The facts were blown up in the newspapers."?
    I waited before answering, in the hope that somebody else would do so convincingly first. Nobody has, so I'll have a go.

    I don't think it's natural for facts to be blown up - facts are facts.

    Incidents, affairs, problems, disagreements, etc can be blown up, sometimes out of (all) proportion, but not facts, IMO.

    I hope others can either confirm my belief, or show it to be mistaken.

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    Re: blow up for boost

    I'll go along with that.

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