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Meaning of 'Blow up'



 
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Meaning of 'Blow up' #1 (permalink) Sat Feb 06, 2010 17:51 pm   Meaning of 'Blow up'
 

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ESL/EFL Test #181 "Facts about pizza in the US: pizza industry expressions", question 10

The popularity of pizza really ......... when American soldiers returned from Italy after World War II.

(a) detonated
(b) exploded
(c) blasted
(d) blew up

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #181 "Facts about pizza in the US: pizza industry expressions", answer 10

The popularity of pizza really exploded when American soldiers returned from Italy after World War II.

Correct answer: (b) exploded

Your answer was: incorrect
The popularity of pizza really blew up when American soldiers returned from Italy after World War II.
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Why "blew up" is incorrect in this sentence?
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Meaning of 'Blow up' #2 (permalink) Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:40 am   Meaning of 'Blow up'
 

Because it makes no sense here. 'Blow up' = explode in a physical sense or in anger.
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Meaning of 'Blow up' #3 (permalink) Mon Feb 08, 2010 18:36 pm   Meaning of 'Blow up'
 

Hi,

What that means 'to be exploded' ? And why don't we say 'blasted' istead?
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Meaning of 'Blow up' #4 (permalink) Mon Feb 08, 2010 23:03 pm   Meaning of 'Blow up'
 

'Explode' here means 'expand/increase rapidly'. We don't say 'blasted' because it does not mean that.
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Meaning of 'Blow up' #5 (permalink) Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:18 pm   Meaning of 'Blow up'
 

Oh, Thank you.
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