blow up

Definitions

General English

  • phrasal verb to make something get bigger by blowing into it
  • phrasal verb to destroy something by making it explode
  • phrasal verb to make something seem more important than it really is

Construction

  • Localized buckling or breaking up of rigid pavement as a result of excessive longitudinal pressure. See also blowout.

Media Studies

  • verb to enlarge all or part of a photograph
  • verb to make the images of a motion picture fit a larger gauge of film
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