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  • v. Present participle of blow up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a severe rebuke


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  • Illustrations showed British dreadnoughts blowing up and floating upside down.

    Castles of Steel

  • Everybody craves the incomparable power of being a Gladiatorthe potent experience of rising to the heavens, however briefly, igniting and blowing up any dark, hidden places within.


  • One scientist was bouncing around in a bright green suit, ordering people to Take me to your leader; another was blowing up an enormous balloon stamped with the words THE UNIVERSE IS INFLATING.

    George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt

  • When we returned to the crew quarters we were greeted by the local news showing a large, unmanned, French-built Ariane rocket blowing up shortly after liftoff from its South American pad.

    Riding Rockets

  • But the brutal pro-Marxist rebels who were slaughtering innocent peasants, burning and pillaging their crops, destroying electrical power lines, and blowing up dams in their campaign to wrest control of the country were infinitely more barbaric.

    An American Life

  • The following day, the twenty-sixth, the battleships put Royal Marine landing parties ashore to cover navy demolition squads — typically fifty marines covering thirty sailors — which went through the forts at Helles and Kum Kale blowing up the abandoned guns with explosive charges.

    Castles of Steel

  • For a few minutes I sat there giving myself chocolate brain-freeze and watching this sweaty magician-type blowing up balloon dachshunds for the screaming birthday kids.


  • That, then, is why this story doss not open dramatically with the thunder of broadsides from the Ajax, Achilles and Exeter, and end at sunset off Montevideo with the pocket bat - tleship Admiral Graf Spee blowing up like an erupting volcano.

    Graf Spee

  • Planting time bombs, blowing up a key facility under construction, endangering lives—

    Creative Couplings

  • Died out when the first generation of Dr. Spock-raised children became teenagers, grew their hair down to their shoulders, and began blowing up administration buildings.

    Futures Imperfect


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