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plump for (someone or something)

To actively support someone or something. Don't say a bad word about that candidate to Mary—she's been plumping for him all year.
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plump up

1. To become very plump, chubby, or rotund. Soak the dehydrated mushrooms in a cup of water for an hour, until they have plumped up and the water is nearly gone. I began plumping up almost as soon as I became pregnant.
2. To make someone or something plump, chubby, rotund, or fuller in shape. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "plump" and "up." My kids always come home for the holidays looking so skinny, so I always try to plump them up a bit. It has come to light that one of the biggest poultry producers in the country has been plumping up chicken meat with water to artificially increase their weight and subsequent price.
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plump down

1. To fall, drop, set, or sit down very heavily, suddenly, or abruptly. He came in from work and plumped down on the sofa without a word. The huge St. Bernard came over and plumped down onto her bed by the fireplace.
2. To drop or set someone or something down very heavily, suddenly, or abruptly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "plump" and "down." The courier plumped the package down on my desk, nearly knocking over my coffee cup in the process. He plumped the screaming child down on the couch and put on some cartoons to calm her down.
See also: down, plump

plump for someone or something

to support or promote someone or something. Henry spent a lot of energy plumping for Bill, who was running for vice president. She spent a lot of time plumping for our candidate.
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plump something down

1. to drop a heavy load of something. She plumped the load of groceries onto the bench and looked through her purse for the keys. Jill plumped down her packages.
2. to drop something as if it were a heavy load. He plumped the potatoes down on each plate, making a loud noise each time. Dave plumped down a huge slab of meat onto the grill.
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plump something up

to pat or shake something like a pillow into a fuller shape. Todd plumped his pillow up and finished making the bed. He plumped up his pillow.
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plump up

1. To become more plump or chubby: I went off my diet and immediately plumped up.
2. To make something rounded or full in form: We plumped up the dried cherries by soaking them in water. The nurse brought me a pillow and plumped it up before putting it behind my head.
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Frustrated at being repeatedly brushed off by the fighter, who surely by now had eaten his plumpest bird, Imad, the chicken seller, padlocked his stall, changed into fresh clothes and headed to the Daesh police station on Al Bareed Street.
These encounters typically confirm a universal truth that the plumpest, juiciest berries are always tantalisingly just out of arm's reach.
The fox which will despatch all the hens in the pen and carry off the plumpest bird.
As one reviewer of his book aptly puts it, Jenkins has "walked through seas of s0ck-soaking grass to capture the plumpest and rarest trophies for his game-bag." The result is that while Jenkins to a degree, treads a well-worn path with a book like this, he does so in a very readable, original way.
I peel back a small area of the greenery around the plumpest part of a cob to inspect the kernels inside.
I always chose the biggest, plumpest looking berries, bursting with sweet-sour flavour.
Then came the day when I went out to pick raspberries, and encountered a new phenomenon: holes in the bottom of the plumpest, ripest fruits.
JB: The men seem to be more frustrated, more anxious in some ways, and often the plumpest.
I look round at the shortest, plumpest lady in the group - about 60, I'd say, and neatly turned out, with a nice flowery frock, understated jewellery, a straw hat, crocheted cardigan and, to round off the outfit, an Adam's apple big enough to choke a horse.
"When he went to university, first to Edinburgh and then to Cambridge, they wrote to each other and he kept her letters in his desk for the rest of his life." In a letter to a friend at university, Darwin wrote: "Fanny as all the world knows is the prettiest, plumpest, most charming personage that Shropshire possesses, ay and Birmingham too.
"Our goal is to produce the thickest, juiciest, plumpest SDC we can, and Key helps us achieve that goal," said Bob Lowder, Manager of Capital Engineering and MRO Programs.
Choose the plumpest, healthiest, ripest fruit and scoop out the pulp and seeds.
He had the plumpest, most rotund testicles she'd ever touched.
The plumpest people have a higher risk of cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus, kidney and uterus, according to the World Health Organization's international Research on Cancer.
Pick the plumpest buds and toss them into a stir-fry dish or simply steam them for a delicious side dish.