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ID #1448

blow

n. 1. [cf. Brit. dial. North, Scots blow breathe EDD; DHS blow a breathing space, have a blow to rest] a rest, especially in the idioms: catch a blow (Gen.); get a blow (Eleu., White); take a blow (Inagua).

2. cocaine: Want some blow? (Nassau)

—v. 1. [Atlantic; US dial. South idem (Brown 1976) cf. BLOW n 1] to rest: 1918 When he reach home, he blow. He say, "O Lor'! I tired!" (Parsons 51). (Gen.)

2. [W Car.] (of turtles and other divers) to come up for air: 1918 Jack dive until when he blow, he blow on a strange little island (Parsons 127).  136 Missa Young like turtle. Man, when he sink away he ain' gon blow in town, he comin' out chock t' Fox Hill (Dupuch 94). (Gen.)

3. [W3 of insects: to deposit eggs] (of flies) to annoy 1918 De flies begin to blow him (Parsons 75). (Black)

Tags: anatomy, idiom, noun, verb

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Last update: 2012-01-08 10:00
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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