English Idiom “Blow” from Happy English NY

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Blow is an interesting word which has some idiomatic uses. The standard meaning is of course the movement of air. You can blow out the candles on your birthday cake or listen to the wind blow on a stormy day.
As slang, blow also means to leave. Here are some examples:

  • Well, it’s getting late. I think I’m going to blow. (You can say this when you are at your friends house, for example)
  • Why don’t we blow this joint. There is no action here (You can say this when you are at a bar which is very quite. Joint means bar and action means excitement)

As an idiom, you can blow your money. This means to loose or spend a lot of money and this has a negative nuance. If you blow your money, you are usually not in a good situation.

  • Gloria blew all of her money in Vegas playing blackjack.
  • Ted blew the money from his paycheck at the bar, so he has no money left for the rest of the week.

You can also blow your cool. This means to become upset or angry.

  • Fred blew his cool when someone scratched his new car
  • My boss is always blowing his cool at Fred, even though Fred is working hard. It may be a personal problem.

Well, I think it is time for me to blow this lesson. Have you ever blown your money in a casino? Does your boss blow his cool?
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