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{{11}}blow (n.1) "hard hit," mid-15c., blowe, from northern and East Midlands dialects, perhaps from M.Du. blouwen "to beat," a common Germanic word of unknown origin (Cf. Ger. bleuen, Goth. bliggwan "to strike"). Influenced in English by BLOW (Cf. blow) (v.1). In reference to descriptions or accounts, blow-by-blow is recorded from 1921, Amer.Eng., originally of prize-fight broadcasts.
LIKE a hungry kitten loves its saucer of warm milk, so do radio fans joyfully listen to the blow-by-blow broadcast description of a boxing bout. ["The Wireless Age," December 1922]
{{12}}blow (n.2) "a blowing, a blast," 1650s, from BLOW (Cf. blow) (v.1).
{{12}}blow (v.1) "move air," O.E. blawan "blow, breathe, make an air current; kindle; inflate; sound a wind instrument" (class VII strong verb; past tense bleow, pp. blawen), from P.Gmc. *blæ-anan (Cf. O.H.G. blaen, Ger. blähen), from PIE *bhle- "to swell, blow up" (Cf. L. flare "to blow"), possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see BOLE (Cf. bole)).
Meaning "to squander" (of money) is from 1874. Sense of "depart suddenly" is from 1902. Slang "do fellatio on" sense is from 1933, as blow (someone) off, originally among prostitutes (Cf. BLOW JOB (Cf. blow job)). This usage probably is not connected to the colloquial imprecation (1781, associated with sailors, e.g. Popeye's "well, blow me down!"), which has pp. blowed. Meaning "to spend (money) foolishly and all at once" is 1890s; that of "bungle an opportunity" is from 1943. To blow over "pass" is from 1610s, originally of storms. To blow (someone's) mind was in use by 1967; there is a song title "Blow Your Mind" released in a 1965 Mirawood recording by a group called The Gas Company.
{{13}}blow (v.2) "to bloom, blossom" (intrans.), from O.E. blowan "to flower, blossom, flourish," from P.Gmc. *blæ- (Cf. O.S. bloian, O.Fris. bloia, M.Du., Du. bloeien, O.H.G. bluoen, Ger. blühen), from PIE *bhle-, extended form of *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see BOLE (Cf. bole)). This word is the source of the blown in full-blown.

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