Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Deal a blow and Blow a deal - English Phrases

Deal a blow and Blow a deal

We are going to look at two different expressions today. They look similar but mean two completely things.
DEAL A BLOW means to cause major problems to someone or something, often an idea or project.
The information that he has been in prison has dealt a serious blow to his chances of becoming Mayor.
The bad trade news has dealt a blow to the economy.
Losing its star player has dealt a blow to United’s chances of winning the Cup.

BLOW A DEAL means to not get a contract. It is the opposite of CUT A DEAL.
You blew the deal when you asked them for the payment in advance.
I don’t want to blow the deal by putting too much pressure on them.
If we blow this deal, we will go out of business.

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