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puff

  

      n  
1    a short quick draught, gust, or emission, as of wind, smoke, air, etc., esp. a forceful one  
2    the amount of wind, smoke, etc., released in a puff  
3    the sound made by or associated with a puff  
4    an instance of inhaling and expelling the breath as in smoking  
5    a swelling  
6    a light aerated pastry usually filled with cream, jam, etc.  
7    a powder puff  
8    exaggerated praise, as of a book, product, etc., esp. through an advertisement  
9    a piece of clothing fabric gathered up so as to bulge in the centre while being held together at the edges  
10    a loose piece of hair wound into a cylindrical roll, usually over a pad, and pinned in place in a coiffure  
11       a less common word for       quilt       1  
12    one's breath (esp. in the phrase out of puff)  
13    Derogatory slang   a male homosexual  
14       a dialect word for       puffball  
      vb  
15    to blow or breathe or cause to blow or breathe in short quick draughts or blasts  
16    tr; often foll by: out; usually passive   to cause to be out of breath  
17    to take puffs or draws at (a cigarette, cigar, or pipe)  
18    to move with or by the emission of puffs  
the steam train puffed up the incline     
19    often foll by: up, out, etc.   to swell, as with air, pride, etc.  
20    tr   to praise with exaggerated empty words, often in advertising  
21    tr   to apply (cosmetic powder) from a powder puff to (the face)  
22      (Auctioneering)   to increase the price of (a lot) artificially by having an accomplice make false bids  
     (Old English pyffan; related to Dutch German puffen, Swiss pfuffen, Norwegian puffa, all of imitative origin)  


cream puff  
      n  
1    a shell of light pastry with a custard or cream filling  
2    Informal   an effeminate man  
curry puff  
      n   (in eastern cookery) a type of pie or pasty consisting of a pastry case containing curried meat and vegetables  
powder puff  
      n   a soft pad or ball of fluffy material used for applying cosmetic powder to the skin  
puff adder  
      n  
1    a large venomous African viper, Bitis arietans, that is yellowish-grey with brown markings and inflates its body when alarmed  
2       another name for       hognose snake  
puff pastry   ,   (U.S.)   puff paste  
      n   a dough rolled in thin layers incorporating fat to make a rich flaky pastry for pies, rich pastries, etc.  
puff-puff  
      n     (Brit)   a children's name for a steam locomotive or railway train  
rough puff pastry  
      n   a rich flaky pastry made with butter and used for pie-crusts, flans, etc.  
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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
stop talking; refrain from saying something
informal
exp.
be kept waiting
exp.
to lose one's temper
very familiar
exp.
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
id.
make a lot of efforts to understand something
v.
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
exp.
expression used to describe the practice of a company using internally the marketed products
[Bus.] expression originating from and widely used in software industry; the practice is also known as "dogfooding"
exp.
go for something, take one's chances
exp.
Symbolically killing one’s internet unique identity.
[Tech.]
exp.
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
v.
snubbing people by using one's mobile phone
[Neologism] portmanteau word : phone + snubbing
exp.
get rid of a strong feeling towards something or someone
[Informal] If you have done something wrong, tell him and get it out of your system. After the break up, it took him some while to get her out of his system.
v.
the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating "brrr" sound
[Slang]
n.
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
n.
posting a picture of one's pet on social media, with a sign describing the animal's wrongdoing
more specific: cat shaming or dog shaming
exp.
The choice of web suicide or deletion of interactions for one’s own amounts to web death with regard to ones internet life.
[Tech.]
exp.
A set of one’s web assets, created with the intention of facilitating the transference of online assets and value upon ones death.
[Tech.]
n.
a photo of one's suntanned legs usually taken with a smartphone and shared on social media
[Neologism] combination of "legs" and "selfie". Legsies are commonly used to brag about one's vacation
exp.
a poetic or humorous way of expressing one's fervent wish for somehting
oh for a bit of sunshine!
n.
the fear of being unable to use one's mobile phone
This can happen when losing the device, when out of battery, credit or network coverage
exp.
Built up System within the web, whereby one’s web assts can be gathered and stored.
[Tech.]
n.
dominant position, use of an office with power and influence to expose or impose one's views
canned by Theodore Roosevelt
exp.
The rights of ownership and power for transference of one’s web assets belong to the individual.
[Tech.]
exp.
act in accordance with what is set verbally; apply what one's preaching for; double words by action;
often used in combination with "talk the talk".
exp.
A set of virtual assets or value in cyberspace left behind after one’s death fall on legal successors as right.
[Tech.]
exp.
A digital method to shift or attribute the ownership and rights of online access to one’s online assts to another.
[Tech.]
exp.
A set of collection of one’s internet assets or value gathered in order to assist transfer of online rights.
[Tech.]
v.
to get rid of one's frustration (for example by doing something violent or impulsive)
v.
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
q.
This expression means it is better to let one's emotions out, rather than bottled up inside. It is also often said when someone has gas.
this is just something my grandmother would say in cajun french
n.
one who solves people's problems

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