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.