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Origin of "full blown?"

Posted by Henry on June 22, 2004

In Reply to: Origin of "full blown?" posted by R. Berg on June 21, 2004

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: : Can anybody help me understand the origin of the phrase "full blown?" I read it most often in conjuction with HIV/full-blown AIDS. Just curious as to where the phrase originated.

: It's from blooming. One meaning of "blow" is "to blossom." A full-blown flower is one whose petals have opened as far as they'll go.

There's a more unpleasant association with maggots. When flies are attracted to meat and lay their eggs on it, the meat is said to be 'blown' or 'fly blown'. After a few days the eggs hatch and small maggots can be seen feeding on the meat.