blouse [ blaus ] noun count *
1. ) a shirt for women:
a cotton/silk/nylon blouse
a sleeveless blouse
2. ) AMERICAN a short loose jacket that fits tightly around the waist, worn by soldiers as part of their uniform
blow 2 [ blou ] noun count **
1. ) a hard hit from someone's hand or an object:
They knocked him down and pummeled him with blows.
The victim was apparently killed by a blow to the head with a heavy object.
a glancing blow (=something that hits at an angle): The falling roof tile struck him a glancing blow.
2. ) an event that spoils your chances of success:
Losing a second match would be a major blow to his world title hopes.
deal a blow to something: The closing of the factory dealt a devastating blow to the local economy.
a ) an event that causes you to feel very sad, disappointed, or shocked:
a real blow: Her mother's death was a real blow to her.
come as a blow: It came as a terrible blow when he found out she was married.
3. ) an act of blowing air from your mouth or nose
come to blows
if two people come to blows, they start hitting each other:
It sounded as if they were about to come to blows.
soften/cushion the blow
to make something unpleasant easier to deal with or accept:
There will be no raises this year but employees will get one extra vacation day to soften the blow.
strike a blow for something
to do something to support something you believe is right:
This election gives you the chance to strike a blow for freedom.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • blouse — 1. (blou z ) s. f. 1°   Chacun des trous en forme de poches qui sont dans un billard.    Terme de jeu de paume. Creux qui est au bout de la galerie de chaque jeu pour recevoir les balles, et qui est couvert de gros barreaux de bois. 2°   Terme de …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Blouse — (blouz; F. bl[=oo]z), n. [F. blouse. Of unknown origin.] A light, loose over garment, like a smock frock, worn especially by workingmen in France; also, a loose coat of any material, as the undress uniform coat of the United States army. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • blouse — ► NOUN 1) a woman s upper garment resembling a shirt. 2) a loose smock or tunic. 3) a type of jacket worn as part of military uniform. ► VERB ▪ make (a garment) hang in loose folds. ● big girl s blouse Cf. ↑big girl s b …   English terms dictionary

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  • blouse — [blauz US blaus] n [Date: 1800 1900; : Frenc] a shirt for women ▪ a silk blouse …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • Blouse — (franz., spr. blūs ), s. Bluse …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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