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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

have the bulge on (someone or something)

To have an advantage over someone or something. I hope to have the bulge on the competition, thanks to my extensive student teaching experience.
See also: bulge, have, on

get the bulge on (someone or something)

To obtain an advantage over someone or something. I hope that my extensive student teaching experience helps me to get the bulge on the competition.
See also: bulge, get, on

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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subtilis, with whom it shares a small size (less than 40 mm SVL), large and bulgy eyes directed somewhat rostrally, green bones, smooth and brownish dorsal skin, relatively short and truncate snout, small tympanum, subgular and laterally expanded vocal sac, poorly developed subarticular and supernumerary tubercles, a supra-anal glandular ridge, and cream-white venter and subocular region.
The only poem in which a woman is seen to work is repugnantly satirical: "The Bulgy Squaw.
A short, bulgy ball of a man, the weight of his short legs makes him waddle a bit.
The mudskipper even looks a lot like a frog, with those big, bulgy eyes and funny front "feet.
His hands were big and rough and wide, blue with bulgy veins.
He passed through the metal detecting device aACA* when I searched his legs, they felt bulgy.
Well, when it comes to these cockroaches, I confess that I have a genuine horror of the great red, evil-smelling brutes, with their horrible bulgy eyes and their long moving red antennae.
Baymax hilariously explodes out his new armor and returns to his cute and bulgy self.
Festooned with spoilers and bulgy arches, plus a huge rear wing and 20-inch alloys, the Swindon-designed hot Honda runs on a new 2.
Its profile becomes a spindle that's somewhat pointy at the tips and bulgy in the middle.
Just like the photo albums that had become too unwieldy, our leather wallet has also become too bulgy.
THE titles your books will be chosen from are: Thomas, James and the Red Balloon, Thomas and the Ghost Engine, Thomas and the Jet Engine, Gordon Takes a Tumble, Percy's Chocolate Crunch, A Bad Day for Harold, No Sleep for Cranky, Bulgy Rides Again, Emily's New Coaches and Toby Had a Little Lamb.
A lot of times it will be due to the inherent characteristics of the dog, and the Pekingese certainly fits this category with long hair, bulgy eyes and short nose.
Poculum of male bulgy, roundly convex and cup-like in basal portion; posterior margin either not reaching to apex of anal segment and with two terminal teeth (Jeremiodes and Jeremia) or with a long tube-like or spatulate posterior appendage which greatly extends over the apex of the abdomen (Cladomorphus and Otocraniella).