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Blew, blown, or blowed

As a verb, to blow means, in its most common definition, is for air to move either by nature (e.g., the wind or a breeze) or for a person to push air out of his or her mouth. To blow past something is to move quickly beyond it. The past tense is blew an the past participle is blown (e.g., I have blown a tire.). While dictionaries will say that blowed  is a past tense form of blow, however, most readers will see this as incorrect. In some slang blowed is used to mean an event was awful, but even then it is more correct to say ‘it blew‘.


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There are many compound verbs which use blow including: blow up, blow out, blow hot, blow smoke, blow off steam, blow a gasket, and others.

As a noun, a blow is a hit or something which causes injury.

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  1. The past tense is blew an the past participle is blown (e.g., I have blown a tire.).

    Correction: change an to and

  2. Gordon Barlow says:

    An expression that I used to use in my youth in Australia many decades ago, when asked a question to which I had no answer, was “I’m blowed if I know!” I wonder what the origin of that word was; quite possibly, it’s an entirely different origin from the well-known word “blow”.

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