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Blown Herrings

are bloated herrings. The French bouffi (blown) is analogous to both expressions. Blown herrings are herrings bloated, swollen, or cured by smoking.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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1. Blow (To)
2. Blow (To)
3. Blow (To)
4. Blow
Blow a Cloud
Blow Me (an oath)
Blow Out (A)
Blow-point
Blown
Blown Herrings
Blown upon
Blowzelinda
Blowzy
Blubber
Blubber Cheeks
Bluchers
Blue
Blue (A)
Blue-apron Statesman (A)
Blue Beans