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battle of the bulge

slang The struggle to lose weight and/or stay slim. The phrase is a humorous reference to the World War II battle of the same name. The battle of the bulge keeps me going to the gym.
See also: battle, bulge, of

be bulging at the seams

slang To be overly crowded. Because of all the delays this morning, the train station is bulging at the seams. Good luck finding a place to sit!
See also: bulge, seam

bulge out

To protrude. That growth is now bulging out of your neck—you really need to get that checked. That trash bag might rip—something on this side is bulging out.
See also: bulge, out

bulge with (something)

To protrude with a particular substance or for a particular reason. The doctor said that I'm fine—the growth is just bulging with harmless pus!
See also: bulge

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.
See also: battle, bulge, of

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.
See also: bulge

have (or get) the bulge on

have or get an advantage over. British informal
See also: bulge, have, on

be bursting/bulging at the ˈseams (with something)

(also be full to ˈbursting (with something)) (informal) be very or too full (of something): All of our schools are bursting at the seams; we have to build new ones urgently.
See also: bulge, burst, 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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This not only bulged the barrel but it split it at the site of the bulge.
The dimensions of the workpiece and final bulged part are shown schematically in Fig.
Figure 13 presents the results of the (110)[alpha] and (040)[alpha] pole figures of the bulged samples at a range of axial feeds.
Figures 14 and 15 show the true stress-strain behavior of the tensile samples machined from the middle of the extruded and bulged tubes with a draw ratio of DR = 6.
Bulged template sequences are not used in MeltCalc, and therefore bulge analysis could not be performed with this software.
Coasts that lie in the bulged area experience high water levels, or high tides.
However, you can only do this if the wall hasn't bulged too much.
Via a frontal extradural craniotomy approach, we exposed the bony wall of the right anterior ethmoid sinus, which had bulged toward the frontal space of the cranium.
Orbiting above and below the bulged center of the Milky Way is an elongated, wispy contingent of stars.
An outward movement of the shell is a bulge leading to excessive casting dimensions in the bulged areas.