1. concealed from public view or attention

    Synonyms : offstage
  2. a stage area out of sight of the audience

    Synonyms : offstage, wing
    Type Of : stage
  3. out of view of the public; behind the scenes

    Examples :
    • Working backstage to gain political support for his proposal
    • many private deals were made backstage at the convention


  1. ask for and get free; be a parasite

    Synonyms : cadge, grub, mooch, sponge
    Type Of : obtain
  2. person who does no work

    Synonyms : do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer
    Type Of : nonworker
    Examples :
    • a lazy bum
  3. be lazy or idle

    Synonyms : arse about, arse around, bum about, bum around, frig around, fuck off, loaf, loll, loll around, lounge about, lounge around, waste one's time
    Type Of : laze, slug, idle, stagnate
    Examples :
    • Her son is just bumming around all day
  4. a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

    Synonyms : crumb, dirty dog, git, lowlife, puke, rat, rotter, scum bag, skunk, so-and-so, stinker, stinkpot
    Type Of : unpleasant person, disagreeable person
    Examples :
    • throw the bum out
  5. a vagrant

    Synonyms : hobo, tramp
    Type Of : floater, clochard, vagrant, drifter, vagabond
    Examples :
    • he tried to help the really down-and-out bums
  6. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

    Synonyms : arse, ass, backside, behind, bottom, buns, butt, buttocks, can, derriere, fanny, fundament, hind end, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, seat, stern, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush
    Type Of : body part
  7. of very poor quality; flimsy

    Synonyms : cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, sleazy, tinny


  1. (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make

    Synonyms : bid
    Type Of : statement
  2. a request to be present

    Synonyms : summons
    Type Of : invitation
    Examples :
    • they came at his bidding
  3. an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

    Synonyms : bid, command, dictation
    Type Of : speech act

blow up

  1. exaggerate or make bigger

    Synonyms : amplify, expand, inflate
    Type Of : increase
  2. make large

    Synonyms : enlarge, magnify
    Antonyms : reduce
    Type Of : increase
    Examples :
    • blow up an image
  3. cause to burst with a violent release of energy

    Synonyms : detonate, explode, set off
    Type Of : change integrity
  4. add details to

    Synonyms : aggrandise, aggrandize, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, lard, pad
    Type Of : overstate, hyperbolise, amplify, overdraw, hyperbolize, magnify, exaggerate
  5. to swell or cause to enlarge

    Synonyms : puff, puff out, puff up
    Type Of : intumesce, swell, swell up, tumefy, tumesce
  6. fill with gas or air

    Synonyms : inflate
    Type Of : expand
  7. burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction

    Synonyms : detonate, explode
  8. get very angry and fly into a rage

    Synonyms : blow a fuse, blow one's stack, combust, flip one's lid, flip one's wig, fly off the handle, go ballistic, have a fit, have kittens, hit the ceiling, hit the roof, lose one's temper, throw a fit
    Type Of : rage


  1. a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom

    Synonyms : great britain, u.k., uk, united kingdom, united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland


  1. the people of Great Britain

    Synonyms : british people, brits
    Type Of : country, land, nation
  2. of or relating to or characteristic of Great Britain or its people or culture


  1. in reserve; not for immediate use

    Synonyms : aside, away
    Examples :
    • put something by for her old age
  2. so as to pass a given point

    Synonyms : past


  1. a loosely woven fabric used for flags, etc.

    Type Of : fabric, textile, material, cloth
  2. any of numerous seed-eating songbirds of Europe or North America

    Type Of : finch


  1. shout loudly and without restraint

    Synonyms : bawl
    Type Of : shout
  2. United States author (born in Canada) whose novels influenced American literature after World War II (1915-2005)

    Synonyms : saul bellow, solomon bellow
  3. make a loud noise, as of animal

    Synonyms : roar
    Type Of : let out, utter, emit, let loose
    Examples :
    • The bull bellowed
  4. a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)

    Synonyms : bellowing, holla, holler, hollering, hollo, holloa, roar, roaring, yowl
    Type Of : call, yell, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation
    Examples :
    • his bellow filled the hallway


  1. hit hard

    Synonyms : boom, nail, smash
    Type Of : hit
  2. a highly pleasurable or exciting experience

    Synonyms : good time
    Type Of : experience
    Examples :
    • celebrating after the game was a blast
  3. a strong current of air

    Synonyms : blow, gust
    Type Of : current of air, wind, air current
  4. make a strident sound

    Synonyms : blare
    Type Of : noise, make noise, resound
    Examples :
    • She tended to blast when speaking into a microphone
  5. fire a shot

    Synonyms : shoot
    Type Of : fire, discharge
    Examples :
    • the gunman blasted away
  6. use explosives on

    Synonyms : shell
    Type Of : bomb, bombard
  7. shatter as if by explosion

    Synonyms : knock down
    Type Of : dash, smash
  8. create by using explosives

    Synonyms : shell
    Type Of : make, create
    Examples :
    • blast a passage through the mountain
  9. intense adverse criticism

    Synonyms : attack, fire, flack, flak
    Type Of : unfavorable judgment, criticism
  10. a sudden very loud noise

    Synonyms : bam, bang, clap, eruption
    Type Of : noise
  11. criticize harshly or violently

    Synonyms : crucify, pillory, savage
    Type Of : criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
  12. an explosion (as of dynamite)

    Type Of : explosion, detonation, blowup
  13. apply a draft or strong wind to to

    Type Of : blow
    Examples :
    • the air conditioning was blasting cold air at us
  14. a very long fly ball

    Type Of : fly ball, fly
  15. make with or as if with an explosion

    Type Of : cut
    Examples :
    • blast a tunnel through the Alps
  16. shrivel or wither or mature imperfectly

    Type Of : shrivel up, wither, shrink, shrivel