puff along

puff along

 
1. [for someone] to run along, puffing to breathe. Sam puffed along, jogging on his morning route. As Wally puffed along, he thought again about going on a diet.
2. [for an engine] to move along, putting out puffs of smoke or steam. The old engine puffed along, driving the small boat slowly up the river. The locomotive puffed along, not making very much headway up the hill.
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Do we want to echo the US, where hordes of chubby kids puff along the streets behind parents?
I can remember the time when every main line station that you might pass through had a little train standing in a bay platform, often just a tank engine and a couple of carriages, that would puff along to places like Fowey or Scots Gap.
You'll huff and puff along this steep 7-mile loop, but it's worth the sight and sound of the Merced River as it drops 317 feet at Vernal Fall and an awesome 594 feet at Nevada Fall.