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blow vb.1 (2 not pre-S., but ‘blowing’=‘flies’ eggs' is earlier)
1. to inflate, swell, puff up Tw.N. II. v. 49, Ant. IV. vi. 34 “This blows my heart.”
2. (of flies) to deposit their eggs (on) and so make foul Tp. III. i. 63, LLL. V. ii. 410, Oth. IV. ii. 66 “summer flies . . . That quicken even with blowing.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 4.6
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 2.5
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