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Victorian Slang of the Week

       

Volume 1, A-G, J.E.Lighter Editor

 

blowup—1) a sudden conflict, brawl, fight, 1837

             2) a business failure or collapse, 182o

             3)to ruin or thrash, 1832—only one reference on this

             4) to scold or berate, 1833.  Many references throughout the century

             5) to collapse or fail, particularly in business

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