puff at

puff at (something)

To take brief inhalations of, from, or out of something, such as a cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc. He hunched over the typewriter, puffing at the cigarette while he tried to come up with an idea. My grandfather always used to sit on the sofa puffing at his pipe after dinner, billowing smoke like a little human chimney.
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puff (away) at something

1. to blow at or into something in puffs. She puffed away at the beach ball, blowing it up as fast as she could. Todd puffed at the fire until it grew larger.
2. and puff (away) on something to smoke something, such as a cigar, cigarette, or pipe. Scott was puffing away at his pipe. She is always puffing on a cigarette.
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