puff piece

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puff piece

A piece of writing that focuses on giving exaggerated praise or compliments to someone or something, rather than offering critical or insightful commentary. I thought the article would look at the process the author goes through when writing a new book, but it's just a puff piece.
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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.
See also: piece, puff

puff

in. to get drunk. Those guys go out and puff every Friday night.
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The April 2002, issue of Highlights, the bulletin of the Union's Toronto Secondary Unit, contains a puff piece promoting "Supporting our youth," described as an "innovative project that seeks to engage the interest and energy of the adult lesbian, gay, and transgender community in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.
The bio is a little too by-the-numbers to offer any interesting context, but it also takes enough punches so as not to be confused with a puff piece.
While one-too-many a puff piece on a "down-to-earth" celebrity or pure-hearted artist can throw one into the hands of the devil (at least for a moment).