August 3, 2016
A blister forms on a part of the body that is exposed to repeated friction or back and forth movement. Blisters form on hands and feet from repetitive work activity or from walking.
- Joe has a blister on his heel because he walked five miles today.
- One of the reasons for wearing socks on your feet is to avoid getting blisters.
- Rachel has blisters on her fingers because she played the guitar for several hours last night.
- It's a good idea to wear gloves when raking leaves; otherwise, you might get blisters on your hands.
- I've got blisters on my fingers!
The word "blistering" is sometimes used as an adverb or an adjective in place of "very."
- It's blistering hot outside today. (It's very hot.)
- A few people fainted in the blistering heat. (In this and the following sentences, "blistering" is an adjective.)
- The runner broke yet another world record with his blistering speed on the track.
- The construction project was completed with blistering speed.
- The skin on her back is blistering from a sunburn. (In this sentence, "blistering" is a verb.)
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