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Meaning of BLOW OUT

Pronunciation:  blowawt

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  melt, break, or become otherwise unusable; "The lightbulbs blew out"; "The fuse blew"
 Synonyms: blow, burn out
 See Also: break, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Blow"-out`\, n.
The cleaning of the flues of a boiler from scale, etc., by a
blast of steam.

Computing Dictionary

(Probably from mining and tunnelling jargon) Of software, to fail spectacularly; almost as serious as crash and burn.

See blow past, blow up, die horribly.

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