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battle of the bulge

the attempt to keep one's waistline slim. (Jocular. Alludes to a World War II battle.) She appears to have lost the battle of the bulge. I've been fighting the battle of the bulge ever since I turned 35.
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bulge out

to swell outward; to extend out into a lump or mound. The puppy's tummy bulged out, full of food. The bag of grass clippings bulged out heavily.
See also: bulge, out

bulge with something

to be swollen with something. The bag was bulging with gifts and candy. The chipmunk's cheeks bulged with the nuts it had found.
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be bulging/bursting at the seams

if a place is bursting at the seams, it has a very large number of people or things in it All my family came to stay for the wedding and our little house was bursting at the seams.
See also: bulge, seam

bulge out

1. To swell or protrude outward: I ate so much that my stomach was bulging out.
2. To bend or warp out of proper shape or alignment: If it gets too hot, the sides of the stove will bulge out.
See also: bulge, out

battle of the bulge

n. the attempt to keep one’s waistline normal. (Named for a World War II battle.) She appears to have lost the battle of the bulge.
See also: battle, bulge, of
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The team based its results on an analysis of 70 of the hottest white dwarfs detectable by Hubble in a small region of the bulge among tens of thousands of stars.
Whichever way you look at it, the implications of the youth bulge in our part of the world is an issue that is, indeed that should be, of paramount significance for every single one of us.
ZELTIQ's first commercial product, the CoolSculpting System, is designed to selectively reduce stubborn fat bulges that may not respond to diet or exercise.
The specimens for X-ray technique were cut out of extruded tubes and from the middle of the bulge area of thermoformed tubes in the extrusion direction; the size of these fibers was about (0.
With both software programs, there is a slight trend toward underestimation of higher Tms; this trend is more pronounced with Visual OMP, mainly owing to the noncontinuous probes that form small template bulges ([less than or equal to]3 nt).
The trouble with shift blurring has led researchers to develop variants of the QR algorithm that still rely on a large number of simultaneous shifts, but chase several tiny bulges instead of one large bulge.
Total lumbar curvature, lumbar spine height, intervertebral disc height, intervertebral angle and posterior disc bulge were analyzed using Slice-o-Matic imaging software (Tomovision, Inc.
A number of foods--beans, cabbage, and bran, for example--can cause bloating and accentuate your bulge.
2) These variations can cause different patterns of bulges in the internal carotid arteries in the sphenoid sinus.
The vast majority of the time, the sort of bulges we see are absolutely benign and don't interfere at all with function.
A mass of molten rock, or magma, heated deep within Earth, thrust up the crust and formed a bulge.
When suits are tight, the edges cut into any excess flesh and make bulges.
Outward and inward bulges in the shell cause excess metal or dimpling in castings surfaces.