balloon

bal|loon1 [bəˈlu:n] n
[Date: 1500-1600; : French; Origin: ballon 'large football, balloon', from Italian ballone 'large football', from balla 'ball']
1.) an object made of brightly-coloured thin rubber, that is filled with air and used as a toy or decoration for parties
Can you help me blow up these balloons?
He burst the balloon in my face.
2.) also hot air balloon
a large bag of strong light cloth filled with gas or heated air so that it can float in the air. It has a basket hanging below it for people to stand in.
a balloon flight over the Yorkshire Moors
3.) the circle drawn around the words spoken by the characters in a ↑cartoon
= ↑bubble
4.) a balloon payment
AmE money borrowed that must be paid back in one large sum after several smaller payments have been made
a $10,000 balloon payment due in two years
5.) the balloon goes up
BrE informal used to refer to the moment when a situation starts to become really bad
We'll have to get out of there before the balloon goes up.
go down like a lead balloon atlead3 (3)
balloon 2
balloon2 v [i]also balloon out
1.) to suddenly become larger in amount
= ↑explode
The company's debt has ballooned in the past year.
2.) if someone balloons, they suddenly become fat
Paul ballooned after he got married.
3.) to get bigger and rounder
The sheet flapped and ballooned in the wind.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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