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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PUFF OUT

While baking this paste will rise and puff out in form like a cylinder.

His nostrils, filled with a grove of bristles, puff out a polypus.

The male can puff out his head-skin into an enormous helmet.

What do you think is in the pockets of her apron to make them puff out so?

Her tail will puff out as big as your arm, when she sees one.

Then the steam and hot lava begin to puff out at some one or other of the vents in the bottom of the crater.

She paused every now and then to puff out great misty wreaths of bluish-gray smoke, but she didnt condescend to utter one word.

By noon to-morrow I will give you a revision which will puff out the cheeks of the Philistines with satisfaction.

Clouds of smoke they puff out straight into your face till you'd think 'twas a fiery-breathing dragon in the room!

Let us go seek him, and make him puff out his rough cheeks and pipe his merriest air!

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, perhaps Old English, puf, puffe "short, quick blast; act of puffing," from puff (v.). Meaning "type of light pastry" is recorded from late 14c.; that of "small pad for applying powder to skin or hair" is from 1650s. Figurative sense of "flattery, inflated praise" is first recorded 1732. Derogatory use for "homosexual male" is recorded by 1902.

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