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I) To snub. 'The TDS blew Maggot out and did a moonlight' (Sounds, 1 Dec 1979), and 'being blown out by these snotty little Leicester touts' (interview with rock group in Zigzag, Sept 1973). (ii) To make a mess of things. 'That tour was blown out' (interview with rock musician in Zigzag, Aug 1972) and 'to avoid blowing the whole project out' (Sounds, 21 July 1979). (iii) To greatly impress. 'It will always be people like Ray Charles who still blow me out' (interview with rock musician in Zigzag, Sept 1973).

A person, more often than not a woman, who frequents bars. It is strange that this useful American word is little found in the UK outside the world of journalists and novelists, to whom, of course, bars may mean more than they do to the rank and file of humanity. It should be noted that, in order to qualify as a barfly, a person must not simply flit from English pub to English pub. It is not synonymous with 'drinker' or 'alcoholic'. The barfly's bar must be, broadly speaking, of the American or hotel type, with stools on which the fly can conveniently settle, close to a bar on which it can rest its wings-' ...

A meaning which is now, in the 1980s, fairly widely understood, but which is unlikely to be actually used by anyone who is not at least on the fringes of the drug world. This world, of course, includes the police. 'Anyone found pushing, carrying or fixing will be turned over to the police' (Oz 15, July/Aug 1969) illustrates how the word links those who enforce the law with those who break it. Cat. A person, usually, but not always, male. In the UK this is still a conscious Americanism and, when used by any white people except the ultra-trendy and members of the pop music world, the inverted commas are fairly easily heard and felt.

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