blow collocations and examples

 UK /bləʊ/

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a hard hit from a weapon or from someone’s hand

Adjectives frequently used with blow
very hard or causing death: fatal, heavy, knock-out, lusty, mighty, mortal, powerfulA dead dog lay in the gutter, having been struck a fatal blow by a passing car.hitting only lightly: glancingThirty seconds later Titanic struck the towering iceberg a glancing blow which tore at the ship’s hull below the waterline.
Verbs frequently used with blow
give a blow: deliver, give, land, strikeHe danced around me laughing at my unsuccessful efforts to land a blow.

Usage note

You can also say that someone rains blows (down) on someone if they hit someone repeatedly: Police in riot gear rained blows on the unarmed crowd.

receive a blow: receive, takeApparently I received a heavy blow to the head when I hit the road.push a blow away: deflect, parryLieutenant Brechar drew his sword just in time to parry a blow.when two people hit each other: exchange, tradeAfter blows were exchanged in a changing room, both players were fined for alleged misconduct.

something that spoils your chances of success

Adjectives frequently used with blow
big, bitter, cruel, crushing, decisive, devastating, fatal, huge, major, massive, serious, severe, shattering, terribleThe announcement was a devastating blow to the car industry.
Verbs frequently used with blow
deliver a blow: deal, deliver, inflictThese crackdowns have dealt a major blow to drug dealers and their networks.suffer a blow: suffer, takeThey have suffered a massive blow to their already fragile and emerging economy.reduce the effects of a blow: cushion, lessen, softenWe’ve been lobbying hard to get some measures in place that would soften the blow for the smallest firms.
Nouns frequently used after blow to
confidence, credibility, hopes, morale, prestige, prideFailure in these talks would deal a serious blow to hopes of avoiding war.
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