blow up

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Synonyms for blow up

cause to burst with a violent release of energy

burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction

exaggerate or make bigger

fill with gas or air

to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs"

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TYRES: Pirellis will be one kilo heavier per set and more durable so no blow ups.
"You guys see some of the blow ups," Woodson said, "but from a basketball standpoint, there's no better power forward in the league, I don't think, because he can post it, he can shoot it.
Curated by Marek Grygiel, this well-designed show at the Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej--Zamek Ujazdowski (Center for Contemporary Art--Ujazdowski Castle), "Powiekszenia" (Blow Ups), presented twenty-four of Szczygiel's large-scale photographs from the ongoing series "Przedmioty o wysokiej rozdzielczosci" (High Resolution Objects), 2004-.
"We had a couple of engine blow ups," said passenger Ian "but we finished 17 of the 21 races we started and won them all.
An alarming rise in the number of car engines that have blown up due to running out of oil has been identified by Lex Vehicle Leasing which has experienced nearly 60 engine blow ups so far this year.
But when a fine book is available for little more than a bag of groceries, my advice is to use it, study the master painters carefully - especially if the book has blow ups of details - and thus shape your sensitivities for the moment when you come to spend money.