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    • Join Date: Mar 2005
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    blow it up

    Dear Tutor,

    Is it correct to say "I don't want to blow it up", when I want to express that I don't want to fail on a particular task? This question might be simple. I just don't know the meaning of the phrase "blow up" and whether it fits here. And by any chance, are there any similar expressions? Thanks!

    Emily (beijing)

    • Join Date: Mar 2006
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    Re: blow it up

    The correct expression is "I don't want to blow it"

    The expression to blow something up means to use explosions to ruin something -a building, a mountain, a car etc.

    It's only the preposition that differentiates the two meanings of the very similar expressions.

    The fear of failing a task can also be expressed by "I don't want to mess it up"

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