puff away (at something)

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puff away (at something)

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

in. to get drunk. Those guys go out and puff every Friday night.
References in classic literature ?
Thus threatened, the unhappy scarecrow had nothing for it but to puff away for dear life.
Instead of lighting up, you just switch them on and puff away. They are so lifelike that M has had to buy a Skycig with a blue tip instead of a glowing orange one, as she was constantly being told to put it out.
Consequently, those who smoke puff away until a bus puts in an appearance.
I SYMPATHISE with the "persecuted" who are required by law to puff away their leisure time out on the pavement in "the cruel elements of winter" (Edward Reynolds, Letters, Dec 7).
London, Sep 28 (ANI): People who smoke puff away more than a year of their working lives on breaks, says a new UK study.
"Employers are essentially paying people to puff away."
Their lung function will deteriorate early if you puff away in their company.
Guests were allowed to puff away at a ViP area in London's Berkeley hotel on Thursday.
It is understood a number of areas will now be put in place for smokers to congregate and puff away freely.
British smokers, by comparison, merrily puff away despite paying the equivalent of [yen] 850.
Sir, - One wonders if Winston Churchill ever thought to himself: 'To encourage the 8th army, now under pressure from Rommel, I'd better fly out there with Monty and puff away at a big cigar whilst kicking up a bit of sand to impress the lads.' No, of course not, he went anyway, because his heart was that of a great war leader.
Osteomyelitis patients who quit smoking before undergoing surgery can expect to recover much faster than if they continued to puff away, Cierny says.
They correctly note that white male executives can puff away in their private offices but the black clerical staff, being in the open areas covered by the smoking ban, must put out their cigarettes.
But some people continue to puff away at the front door rather than walk the 30 yards to one of the shelters.
The typical smoker will puff away on 17 cigarettes a day - a total of 6188 a year or 386,750 over an adult lifetime.