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huff and puff

Fig. to breathe very hard; to pant as one exerts effort. John came up the stairs huffing and puffing. He huffed and puffed and finally got up the steep hill.
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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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puff (away) at something

1. to blow at or into something in puffs. She puffed away at the beach ball, blowing it up as fast as she could. Todd puffed at the fire until it grew larger.
2. and puff (away) on something to smoke something, such as a cigar, cigarette, or pipe. Scott was puffing away at his pipe. She is always puffing on a cigarette.
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puff out

to swell out. The frog's throat puffed out, and we expected to hear a croak. The sail puffed out, and the boat began to move.
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puff someone or something up

to boost or promote someone or something. Judy puffed Nell up so much that Nell could not begin to live up to her reputation. Don't puff up your own accomplishments so much.
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puff something out

to cause something to swell out or expand outward. The frog puffed its throat out and croaked. The frog puffed out its throat and croaked a mighty croak.
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puff up

to swell up. Her finger puffed up and she thought she might have an infection. His eyelids had puffed up during the night.
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puff up (into something)

to assume a larger shape by filling up with air or water; to swell up into something. The strange-looking fish puffed up into a round ball. The fish puffed up and stuck out its spines.
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huff and puff

1. to breathe in a noisy manner He was on the top of the hill long before I came up huffing and puffing behind him.
2. to complain The owners will huff and puff about their financial problems and then not do anything to solve them.
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huff and puff

1. to breathe noisily, usually because you have been doing physical exercise They're so unfit they start huffing and puffing if they have to run further than twenty yards.
2. (informal) to complain noisily about something but not be able to do anything about it They huffed and puffed about the price, but eventually they paid up.
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huff and puff

Make noisy, empty threats; bluster. For example, You can huff and puff about storm warnings all you like, but we'll believe it when we see it . This expression uses two words of 16th-century origin, huff, meaning "to emit puffs of breath in anger," and puff, meaning "to blow in short gusts," and figuratively, "to inflate" or "make conceited." They were combined in the familiar nursery tale, "The Three Little Pigs," where the wicked wolf warns, "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down"; rhyme has helped these idioms survive.
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puff piece

An approving or flattering article, as in That was really a puff piece about the conductor, written by her cousin. The use of puff for "exaggerated praise" dates from about 1600; piece was added in the mid-1900s.
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puff out

1. To extend, stretch, or swell, by or as if by being filled: The sails puffed out as the breeze strengthened.
2. To cause something to extend, stretch, or swell outward: The wind puffed out the sheets that were hanging on the clothesline. Male birds will puff their chests out to appear larger.
See also: out, puff

cream puff

1. n. a weakling; a wimp. Don’t be a cream puff all your life! Join a health club!
2. n. a used car that is in very good condition. This one is a real cream puff. Only driven to church by a little old lady.
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in. to get drunk. Those guys go out and puff every Friday night.
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The scientists described using the process to make puffed rice with three times more protein and eight times more dietary fiber than commercial puffed rice.
It also contains calcium, iron, zinc and other nutrients that conventional puffed rice lacks.
How big is too big While wearing a puffed sleeves dress or a top it is important to keep your body frame in mind.
Designer Shane and Phalguni Peacock say, " Since a puffed sleeves is going to make your shoulders look big , it's better to go for moderately voluminous puffs if you are broad shouldered.
The proprietary puffing process that is used to make these puffed fruit snacks adds extra crunch and infuses them with flavor.
Malt-O-Meal's six-ounce bags of unsweetened puffed rice and puffed cereals with "Best If Used By" codes of "APR0808" and "MAR1809" have been recalled.
The final moisture content of the puffed seeds declined with an increase in temperature at a constant screw speed.
To serve, remove from freezer, transfer directly to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet without thawing and bake at 400 degrees until golden brown and puffed, 20 to 25 minutes.
April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Shaw's is voluntarily recalling all Shaw's Puffed Rice and Shaw's Puffed Wheat Cereal supplied by Malt-O-Meal Company following a nationwide recall issued by Malt-O-Meal Company of select Malt-O-Meal products due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Jewel-Osco Is Voluntarily Recalling All 'Jewel Puffed Rice and Jewel Puffed Wheat Cereal' Supplied by Malt-O-Meal Company and Sold at Stores in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa
Bake in preheated 325-degree oven 30 minutes (35 minutes for springform pan) OR until outer one-third of top is slightly puffed.
Return to oven; bake about 25 to 30 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.
The snack food ingredients are Puffed Corn, Earthy Organic Pinto, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, and Soy.
Bake in preheated 400-degree oven 35 to 40 minutes or until puffed and golden.
The inhaler, which looks something like a fat, plastic cigarette, is puffed on like a cigarette and gives the individual something to fidget with during the day.