a current of escaping surplus steam, water, etc.:
The safety valve released a violent blowoff from the furnace.
a device that permits and channels such a current.
Slang. a person who brags or boasts; a blow-hard.
a temporary, sudden surge, as in prices:
The Federal Reserve Board’s credit tightening could cause a blowoff in interest rates.
The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
A climax; a final provocation: She said I was late, and that was the blowoff (1900s+)
A quarrel: She and Hobart have had a big blow-off (1900s+)
Something very easy; piece of cake (1970s+ Teenagers)
a sudden bursting or rupture of an automobile tire. a sudden or violent escape of air, steam, or the like. a hollow formed in a region of shifting sands or light soil by the action of the wind. an uncontrollable escape of oil, gas, or water from a well. Aeronautics, flame-out. Slang. a lavish party […]
having a coarse, ruddy complexion. disheveled in appearance; unkempt. Historical Examples The Poor Little Rich Girl Eleanor Gates Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson Gargoyles Ben Hecht The Poor Little Rich Girl Eleanor Gates Moods Louisa May Alcott The Poor Little Rich Girl Eleanor Gates One of Our Conquerors, Complete George Meredith The Island Pharisees […]
blowzy. having a coarse, ruddy complexion. disheveled in appearance; unkempt. Historical Examples At the Sign of the Cat and Racket Honore de Balzac Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray The English Orphans Mary Jane Holmes Bunner Sisters Edith Wharton One-Act Plays Various The Works of Robert […]
blowzy. having a coarse, ruddy complexion. disheveled in appearance; unkempt. Historical Examples Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston Men of Iron Howard Pyle adj.