- blow blow [bləʊ ǁ bloʊ] verb blew PASTTENSE [bluː] blown PASTPART [bləʊn ǁ bloʊn] [transitive]1. informal if you blow money on something, you spend a lot of money on it, often money that you cannot afford:
• He blew his wages on a new stereo.2. HUMAN RESOURCES blow the whistle (on somebody/something) to tell the authorities that someone in your organization is doing something illegal, dishonest, or wrong:
• Workers were too scared of their employers to blow the whistle on illegal working hours.
* * *Ⅰ.blow UK US /bləʊ/ verb [T] (blew, blown)► to spend a lot of money on something that is not important or effective: »
Central Bank blew $900m of foreign-exchange reserves in the first two weeks of October alone.● blow the whistle (on sb/sth) — Cf. blow the whistle on sth● blow the lid on/off sth — Cf. blow the lid on/off sth● blow a hole in sth — Cf. blow a hole in sthⅡ.blow UK US /bləʊ/ noun [C]► something that causes serious problems or spoils your chances of success: be a blow to sth »
The loss of 1000 jobs is another blow to the country's manufacturing sector.come as a blow (to sb/sth) »
Unemployment figures will come as a blow to the Chancellor as he prepares next week's budget.deal/deliver a blow (to sb/sth) »
Rising pollution levels threaten to deal a blow to the state's billion-dollar tourism industry.a major/devastating/bitter blow »
We have suffered a major blow.● soften/cushion the blow — Cf. cushion the blow
Financial and business terms. 2012.