Jerry Buthmann: I am interested in the origin of the phrase "full blown" as in full blown AIDS. I hear this phrase used frequently in the media. The meaning is clear as fully developed but how did this term come into usage? I have researched it in every reference book I can find but I haven't had any luck? I have an idea but I would like an authority to confirm it. Can you help?
Nancy Wallace: I have always thought this was a naval term, referring to the sails. If they are full blown, they are as complete as possible and now it's an adjective meaning the same.
Mick:Originally it was used in auto racing. A "Full Blown" engine had a super charger or blower on it. It was the "hottest" modification at the time. It has come to describe any ultimate configuration.
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