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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  
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  
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  
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.  
      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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1    blast, breath, draught, emanation, flurry, gust, whiff  
2    drag     (slang)   pull, smoke  
3    bulge, bunching, swelling  
4    advertisement, commendation, favourable mention, good word, plug     (informal)   sales talk  
5    blow, breathe, exhale, gasp, gulp, pant, wheeze  
6    drag     (slang)   draw, inhale, pull at or on, smoke, suck  
7      (usually with)       up   bloat, dilate, distend, expand, inflate, swell  
8    crack up     (informal)   hype, overpraise, plug     (informal)   praise, promote, publicize, push  

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