a. A sudden rupture or bursting, as of an automobile tire.
b. The hole made by such a rupture.
2. A sudden escape of a confined gas or liquid, as from a well.
a. A large party or other social affair: "Lunch was a billion-calorie blowout beside the pool" (Vanity Fair).
b. A lopsided victory or thorough defeat.
c. A sale in which the discounts are unusually large.
4. A treatment, as at a beauty salon, in which the hair is washed, blown dry, and styled without being cut.
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