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He put his quill down and started to heave his bulk up from his chair.

Mother Corey heaved his bulk up slowly, wheezing, and indicated his chair at the head of the table.

Wells's clerks, Bennett's "cards" and even Conrad's Russian villains do not "bulk up" against them.

He sprang to his feet, found Grim heaving his bulk up more slowly.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "a heap," earlier "ship's cargo" (mid-14c.), from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse bulki "a heap; ship's cargo," thus "goods loaded loose" (perhaps literally "rolled-up load"), from Proto-Germanic *bul-, from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).

Meaning extended by confusion with obsolete bouk "belly" (from Old English buc "body, belly," from Proto-Germanic *bukaz; see bucket), which led to sense of "size," first attested mid-15c.

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