Full record for blast off v.

Definition to take off in a rocket
OED requirements antedating 1937
Earliest cite E.E. Smith, 'Galactic Patrol'
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted a 1940 cite from Robert Arthur in Thrilling Wonder. Fred Galvin submitted cites from a 1983 reprint of E.E. 'Doc' Smith's "Galactic Patrol". This had been rewritten by Smith for book publication: Mike Christie found one cite missing in the original 1937 serialization, but was able to verify another in this version.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1951.

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for blast off v.

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1937 Astounding Stories Sept. 31/2 How long do you figure it'll be before it's safe for us to blast off?