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Definition of "overblow" [o•ver•blow]

  • To blow (a wind instrument) so as to produce an overtone instead of a fundamental tone. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "overblow" in a sentence
  • "A spokeswoman for the US-led International Security Assistance Force said that coalition was "cautiously optimistic" about the Sangin deal but were reluctant to "overblow" its importance."
  • "If you do not overblow your expectations here you will discover great beauty but if you expect more than you will find here you will leave disappointed."
  • "Sure, on The X Factor the judges are in competition with one another, but unless Simon starts hiring hit men to take out LA's acts, let's not overblow the dueling critiques."