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blew up

blew up

Date: Dec 12 2002


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“We went away and got our act together, then (our record company) agreed to put out “Butterfly” and it blew up.”
- Shifty Shellshock, singer from the group Crazy Town, talking about becoming successful.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

became very successful, became very popular, became well known by many people

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

You can use “blow up” to describe anything that becomes very popular very quickly. Often, things that go from being unknown to being well known are said to have “blown up.” For example, the TV show American Idol blew up last summer. It went from nothing to one of the most popular TV shows in the U.S. in just a couple of weeks.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

””The Lord of the Rings blew up last year. It was one of the most popular movies in the world. Now people can’t wait to see the next installment this December.”“

””Britney Spears blew up when she released her first music video on MTV. People loved her music and her personality. Now she’s one of the biggest stars in the world.”“

””Yao Ming has blown up since he got to the NBA. He’s the best basketball player ever to come from China – and he’s 7’5” tall.”“


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Blew up! means something or somebody become very popular in a very short time.
by River (Taipei, Taiwan)
To blow up means “explode” but in this context blew up means it was a success, a big hit.
by Marialba (Campinas/SP, Brazil)
Here, ‘the song’s being blown up must mean that it was highly appreciated by the music fans and probably sold a lot.
by Vedat (Y´stanbul, Turkey)
Blew up means : that the album become a hits, it turn out well, & it hugely succeed.
by Desiderata
My guess is that “blew up” in that context meens “became a huge success”
by Mahmoud (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
I hold that in this sentence that “blow up” has the mean of “explore” or “the album called “butterfly” must saled well.” But in sometime, it means “make somebody angry”.
by Jenny (Shenyang, China)
I think that blew up means like an explosion.It was a success!! It suprised everybody!
by Guilherme
Blew up’- it means that something start to be popular and famous. People know and like that.
by Lisa (South Korea)
“It blew up” means “to be succesful”,”to score good” or anything else related to succeeding.
by Genie (Italy)
I think the meaning of “blew up” is make somthing larger by air. Or somebody is angry with something, or “explode”.
by Jinbo
Blew up’ is the past tense of ‘blow up’. Literally, ‘blow up’ means ‘to explode’. When something blows up, it is destroyed by an explosion. But the phrase is also used to describe human emotions. When someone blows up, he gets very angry. So if somone ‘blew up’ after you gave him some bad news, he became very angry.
by Asad (Karachi, Pakistan)
“We went away and our got act together, then (our record company) agreed to put out ‘Butterfly’ and it blew up.” The two-word verb ‘blow up’ here means “to make sth seem more serious that it really is”
by Najib (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
Blow up, get ruined, collapse.
by GC
To become or come into existence as if by blowing of wind, also means to be built up to an unreasonable extent.
by John (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

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