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  • v. To explode or be destroyed by explosion.
  • v. To cause (something or someone) to explode, or to destroy (something) or maim or kill (someone) by means of an explosion.
  • v. To inflate or fill with air.
  • v. To enlarge or zoom in.
  • v. To fail disastrously.
  • v. To become popular very quickly.
  • v. To suddenly get very angry.
  • v. To relatively quickly become much more fat or rotund.

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

  • v. make large
  • v. exaggerate or make bigger
  • v. to swell or cause to enlarge,
  • v. burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction
  • v. fill with gas or air
  • v. get very angry and fly into a rage
  • v. add details to
  • v. cause to burst with a violent release of energy


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  • For instance, when a massive jihadist plot to blow up ten airliners over the Atlantic and kill thousands was foiled in 2006, then-chief of homeland security Michael Chertoff briefed his agency using only the word extremists to describe the plotters—no mention of Islam.


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  • He had been given his explosives-laden vest by a Pakistani Taliban commander named Akthar Mohammed, but, unlike some suicide bombers, he was not given tranquilizers before setting off on his assignment: to blow up a convoy of Western soldiers and so earn his ticket to Paradise.

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  • Of particular interest to Pearl in mid-January 2002 was Richard Reid, the British-Jamaican “shoe bomber,” who had recently tried to blow up an American Airlines flight with explosives hidden in his sneakers.

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  • (n): in cinematography, an optical enlargement of a film from one gauge to another, such as 16mm up to 35mm.
    (ant): blow down

    January 18, 2009