Meaning of blow-up in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbləʊʌp/


  • 1An enlargement of a photograph.

    ‘the walls are covered with grainy blow-ups’
    • ‘This exhibition, designed by Woods, includes drawings, models, photographic blow-ups and an installation.’
    • ‘Along the corridors and hallways, open spaces and nooks, blow-ups of TV Guide covers chronicle the evolution of TV, entertainment and ultimately Americana over the past 47 years.’
    • ‘Later, I open the envelope and pull out a blow-up of the wedding photo.’
    • ‘Entering, you are confronted with what appears to be a blow-up of a Seventies newsprint photograph of a star.’
    • ‘Here is a blow-up selected from the previous photo.’
    • ‘There is a massive blow-up of her in the entrance to the Scottish Television studios in Cowcaddens in which she is looking shiny and perky in the kind of fluffy red cardigan that probably comes accessorised with bright eyes and a bushy tail.’
    • ‘The blow-up of this painting/photo is hung on the wall with a mirror at a right-angle to the image, thus reproducing the image again.’
    • ‘The second process was sort of the reverse: to take these graphic blow-ups and shrink them into icons (I wound up only using a few of these in the final book, but they were important to the process).’
    • ‘Frayed news clippings from murder trials, blow-ups of spent bullets, and collages culled from medical textbooks adorn the corridors of the Connecticut State Forensic Science Laboratory.’
    • ‘The book's illustrations, many of them blow-ups of wild floral designs, are psychedelic in their intensity.’
    • ‘These blow-ups are always interesting to inspect so I thought you might like to see one.’
    • ‘Outdoor boards feature the tag line ‘Lose the Carbs, Not the Taste’ and show photos of a young man and/or woman exercising, beside a blow-up of the bottle.’
    • ‘Mr. Johnston confirmed that the blow-up is not very detailed and that the parapet is open to the extent that the wood is not attached to the wall and it's open to the air at the leading edge of the flashing.’
    • ‘In the inset in Fig.4 b a blow-up of one of the boundaries between such subunits (marked by a white arrow) is shown.’
    • ‘Up in what looks like a refurbished grandstand there is a blow-up of the Daily Mail report of the event.’
    • ‘I made a blow-up of the Diplomacy conference map, put it on a bulletin board, got the colored pins in place, and we were ready to go.’
    • ‘It was a huge blow-up of a comic book image depicting a US fighter jet destroying an enemy plane at the press of a button.’
    • ‘Below is a blow-up of the right hand of the middle figure which overlaps with the dog's head.’
    • ‘There are no detail blow-ups to aid the reader and, most frustratingly, images are titled but not numbered, necessitating constantly scanning the page to find the print under discussion or to ascertain whether it is even reproduced.’
    • ‘He also launched the ‘colours’ campaign, a visual extravaganza that will feature her on massive blow-ups and life-size cutouts displayed at prominent locations.’
    blow-up, magnification, large print
  • 2 informal An outburst of anger.

    • ‘the occasional blow-ups he has at Lennie are understandable’
    • ‘She was known for sharp remarks and occasional blow-ups.’
    • ‘I wish they hadn't spoiled her blow-up scene in the previews.’
    • ‘After talking with Chris, Vera saw that Kaia's blow-up had more to do with bottled up anger towards her mother than with Ralph's death.’
    • ‘Aside from being completely unprepared for any of the misadventures he encounters, he has a major blow-up with his girlfriend for reneging on a promise to move to Las Vegas.’
    • ‘On another occasion during his cross-examination, he refused to acknowledge that he had told his treating psychiatrist that he had had a big blow-up with his family in which the police were called.’
    • ‘But that month provided motivation, not consternation, and not even his brief blow-up over an incident with Jimmy at Indianapolis could dilute his focus for long.’
    • ‘Far from hating Damien, Sek had to feel a sort of grudging respect for him, especially considering his calm and logical, and remarkably thoughtful, comment in response to his blow-up.’
    • ‘I'd forgotten all about his blow-up today in class!’
    • ‘She braced herself for his inevitable blow-up.’
    • ‘Dominic clearly understood the situation's potential explosiveness, and like me, he wanted to head off the inevitable blow-up.’
    • ‘Rusty and Danny sever their relationship after a blow-up between the two when Rusty misses a performance at Danny's club.’
    • ‘So she had a big blow-up with her father and was self-righteous that he should think that she would not pretend to go to church, and all this sort of thing.’
    • ‘I confronted him about it, we had a big blow-up, almost broke up, he swore he'd never do it again, yada yada yada.’
    • ‘Despite his blow-up with Sally, Holden's still in search of some human companionship.’
    • ‘In the meantime she has hidden her new passion from her father, with the expected blow-up when she is found out.’
    • ‘I should have known, a blow-up would come if he didn't let it out when Vick had broken up with him.’
    • ‘You might have used a blow-up to let off steam or as a way to force a change when calm discussion didn't work.’
    fit of temper, fit of rage, fit of pique, fit, outburst, flare-up, blow-up, pet, paroxysm, frenzy, bad mood, mood, huff, scene


  • Inflatable.

    ‘a blow-up pillow’
    • ‘‘Sora’ left with her blow-up ring pillow, still a little sore, but definitely not sorry!’
    • ‘Our nation's rich supply of blow-up dolls has barely begun to be explored for national security purposes.’
    • ‘Here's a contemporary conundrum for you: how come celebs get thinner when they have kids, while the rest of us end up looking like blow-up versions of our former selves?’
    • ‘Elegant ladies sported blow-up crowns, their husbands carried discarded necklaces and flags indulgently.’
    • ‘For the first time inflatables were included in the colourful procession with one band parading a 20 ft blow-up star!’
    • ‘And I think it would be a good idea if that lane had those blow-up tubes on the side.’
    • ‘Another possibility is to patch up the current Santa and build an extra platform on the other side of the tower with blow-up elves and reindeer.’
    • ‘Evidently, this is why blow-up sex dolls were manufactured in the first place.’
    • ‘Even a giant canvas blow-up cow stationed near the field entrance collapsed in the wind.’
    • ‘In fact, she swears that she saw the blow-up bra being surreptitiously inflated after a recent dive in a boat full of blokes.’
    • ‘I know they often stayed up all night, toe-to-toe with Doc, and were asked to find and deliver telephones, whiskey, typewriters, tape recorders, batteries, blow-up dolls, and other things.’
    • ‘What is it, do you attribute the sudden presence on lawns all over America of these absurd blow-up figures of Frankenstein and pumpkins and various dumb looking things that just litter up the landscape?’
    • ‘The rest of the gang was already in the pool; Ash was lounging on one of those blow-up mattresses while Ian and Alex were playing a game of catch with a small and squishy football.’
    • ‘‘I wanted it to look classy and sophisticated, so no blow-up trees,’ the bride said.’
    • ‘Jeff and Pierre went and bought blow-up rafts, and were riding the waves in those, and were constantly being flipped by the rest of the guys, and me.’
    • ‘Eddy and Shaniquilla were sharing blow-up bed and Jocelyn and I were sleeping on my King size bed.’
    • ‘The entrance hall was white, with one blue blow-up sofa and two green blow-up chairs, it had various certificates and such that one might associate with school.’
    • ‘Resembling a giant bouncy castle, it holds around 60 people standing and includes a blow-up organ, altar, pulpit, pews, candles and ‘stained glass’ windows.’
    • ‘And then it's all over and it's all on to the set for dancing and hugging and yet more whooping, while the crew drink lukewarm water, move the blow-up dolls on porter's trolleys, look at their watches and check the half-time score.’
    • ‘First came the pump-up sneakers and ski boots, and now comes the air-fuelled, outdoor-fashion innovation of the 21st century: the blow-up coat.’