from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. to let steam escape through a passage provided for the purpose; as, the engine or steamer is blowing off.
  • transitive v. to empty (a boiler) of water through the blow-off pipe, while under steam pressure; also, to eject (steam, water, sediment, etc.) from a boiler.


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  • "Mrs. Moody," I said, "Bicky needs the chance to blow off steam on a regular basis."

    Blood Test

  • After our less-than-successful visit with Dr. Montgomery, both Joe and I decided we needed to blow off some steam.


  • I have known many in distresses of conscience that have been able to blow off every thing, until God comes to swallow them up with the infiniteness of God.

    The Sermons of John Owen


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