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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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If the bulgy squaw loses erotic cachet because of her workaday bulk, there are many instances of romance as getaway in Those Other Days.
Then think of what else it could be: the top of a tree, a sheep, a friendly dinosaur with a bumpy back, a frog's head with bulgy eyes, etc.
I realized that her breast was strangely and suspiciously bulgy.
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If Mr Bulgy Eyes is reading this I ought to point out a few things.
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Then she emerged to point her bulgy eyes and sulky mouth at a camera and demand: "Do I really look like someone in emotional turmoil?
This will strengthen tummy muscles and help act as a corset to keep your stomach tight and less bulgy.
Arrived with red bulgy eyes to celebrate two friends' 40th birthdays.
Thomas will also be joined by some of his other friends including Bulgy Bus and friends, who will all be under the watchful eye of the Fat Controller, Sir Topham Hatt.
Directed by Andrew Adamson, who directed the first Narnia film as well as Shrek and Shrek 2, it features the voice of Scots actor Ken Stott as Trufflehunter, Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep and Little Britain star David Walliams as Bulgy Bear.