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In this lesson, you will learn about the phrasal verb 'blow up' and its use in your conversations.
Ema: The phrasal verb 'blow up' has several meanings. It means to explode or an explosion. For example: 'The army blew up the bridge to trap the enemy'.
Mark: Right! 'Blow up' is a very versatile phrasal verb. It also means to become angry suddenly. For example: 'Jim's dad blew up when Jim took his car without permission'.
Ema: To 'blow up' also means to fill something with air or gas, like blowing up a balloon.
Mark: That's right. You can also use these words when you mean to enlarge a photograph or an image.
Ema: I see...this phrasal verb really has many different meanings.
Mark: There are more actually. To 'blow up' also means to become famous or successful within a small period of time.
Ema: Alright! Will you also give us an example?
Mark: Sure. For example: 'Johnny Depp blew up as Jack Sparrow after Pirates of Caribbean hit the theaters'.
Ema: Okay, I get it now. But how about some conversations to learn better?
Mark: Yes. Good idea!
Sarah: Our tent was blown out by the storm last night.
Nathan: I saw that, it looks like it's been blown up by a bomb.
Sarah: What about the equipment? Is everything alright?
Nathan: Nope! The camera lens is broken!
Sarah: What?! John will blow up when he hears this.
Nathan: Well, we'll have to bear it. There's nothing we can do.
Nathan: Oh great! The tire is flat!
Mark: Don't worry, Nathan. I always keep a foot pump in my car.
Nathan: So, can it blow up the tire?
Mark: Sure it will!
Sarah: You haven't done a good job in retouching my photo. Clean the age spots, please!
Ema: Yeah, let me blow up that portion and erase them.
Sarah: Good, you'll see the spots very clearly, if you blow it up.