puff up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v puff up to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs" "puffed out chests"
    • v puff up make larger or distend "The estimates were puffed up"
    • v puff up praise extravagantly "The critics puffed up this Broadway production"
    • v puff up become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Puff up (B.) to inflate
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Quotations

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    “A fault that humbles a man is of greater value than a virtue that puffs him up.”
  • Saying
    Saying
    “Knowledge, humbles a great person, astonishes the common, and puffs up the small.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.; cf. Ger. puffen, &c.

Usage

In literature:

When a cigar is smoked in the dark it lights up the smoker's face at each puff.
"Manasseh" by Maurus Jokai
It did me good to see him so happy and I was inclined to puff up a bit at my own success in the ha'nting line.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
The people of the Village of Cream Puffs enjoyed watching him walk up the street, going to clean cisterns.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
Is it not also, perhaps, a snare to puff me up, in attempting to build a very large Orphan House?
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
It would puff her up!
"Glory and the Other Girl" by Annie Hamilton Donnell
A puff of wind from the southeast helped Mascola to make up his mind.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Send it up in a puff of smoke ... rip every electron apart and send it hurtling away.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
The rail was trembling, and in the distance a strange wild shriek was heard, a great puff of smoke went rolling up to the sky.
"Harper's Young People, January 27, 1880" by Various
At once the folded object began to unfold itself and to puff itself up like a little mushroom.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
Wrap the eggs up in a puff paste, smear them over with egg, and grate some bread over them.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Tom Topsail hauled the sheet taut to pick up another puff of wind.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
Cease not to puff up with thy pride the poor twice-conquered folk, And lay upon the Latin arms the weight of wordy yoke.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
The eepisode does Rucker a heap of good, though, an' he puffs up immoderate.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him up.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
He spreads his tail feathers, puffs himself up, and struts about like a turkey.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [June, 1897]" by Various
And those little white puffs of clouds up there are the signals he sent into the sky.
"Mystery Ranch" by Arthur Chapman
Solemnly stalking up to Andy, the chief of the party offered his pipe to him for a puff.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
Puffs of steam came up from my feet which seemed to emerge from a furnace.
"My Impresssions of America" by Margot Asquith
Scores of black puffs, attended by cavernous coughs, did their best to put the wind up us.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
Suddenly a puff of smoke seemed on the very point of stifling me, and I awoke to find myself sitting up in bed and gasping for breath.
"The House by the Lock" by C. N. Williamson
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In poetry:

Thy engines puff, and roll, and slide
The busy copper mines to gain;
The laboring cars still onward glide
Both up and down the mountain side
In many a heavy-laden train.
"Butte" by Aaron Southwick
But when aw luk'd up into th' place,
Whear yo'd expect to find a face;
A awful craytur met mi gaze,
It took mi puff:
"Gooid chap," aw sed, "please let me pass,
Aw've seen enuff!"
"A Strange Stooary" by John Hartley
PUFF, puff, puff. How the trumpets blow
All you little boys and girls come and see the show.
One–two–three, the Cat runs up the tree;
But the little Bird he flies away–
"She hasn't got me!"
"Street Show" by Kate Greenaway

In news:

Kevin Macdonald's Washington thriller is a bellows designed to puff up the most beaten-down reporter's chest.
THE VEINS ON HENRY ROLLINS' THICK NECK POP AS HE PUFFS HIMSELF up onstage at Amoeba Music on Sunset like a black-T-shirt-clad god of war.
We were enjoying the weather-HOT in North Manchester, IN when this Dandelion Puff Ball come rolling up the drive.
Long before Julie whatsername thought it up, I cooked my through both books, including puff pastry.
The paper was a puff piece talking about the reasons that Apple chose to hook its iCloud data center up to Duke Energy's power grid.
Perking Up with a Puff.
Activists look to puff up support following election.
New Numbers Puff up Potential of Wind Power.
YouTubeToday, on Valentine's Day, we had our qualifiers show up at the studios for Diamond in the Puff.
Hard Day Tough Day Puff Up the Volume Critical Heights.
An errant swipe during an argument shattered the bulb and a puff of cloud went up to heaven.
Mexican pot plans go up in a puff of smoke.
At least one public health expert is up in arms about a Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) warning that e-cigarettes are not safe because users do not know how much nicotine is consumed per puff.
Six senior girls came up with the idea of a powder-puff style football event as a fundraiser for breast cancer prevention.
Sweet potatoes can show up at the Thanksgiving meal in a variety of ways, including this holiday puff .
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In science:

They assume that the AGN feedback which expels gas from the central regions produces a sudden reduction of mass in the core, as a result of which the stellar distribution puffs-up.
Evolution in the structural properties of early-type Brightest Cluster Galaxies at small lookback time and dependence on the environment
The sudden reduction of mass in the core makes the surrounding stellar distribution puff up, after which the ob jects settle down to new (larger) sizes.
Evolution in the structural properties of early-type Brightest Cluster Galaxies at small lookback time and dependence on the environment
The effect of this was to puff up the disk, causing fragmentation to occur at a slightly larger distance from the initial protostar.
The First Stars
When a real star slowly changes its effective gravity acceleration to zero during evolution the atmosphere puffs up, thereby decreasing the opacity to the classic electron scattering value.
Two Decades of Hypergiant Research
Any additional frontal illumination of the inner edge of the optically-thick disk at 4 AU by FUV and X-ray photons may provide an additional heating source that could help puff up the disk or help launch the photoevaporative flow.
High-resolution Spectroscopy of [Ne II] Emission from TW Hya
In turn, the MW tidal field puffs up the LMC.
The Galactic Halo: Conference Summary
In turn, the MW tidal field puffs up the LMC, generating a stellar halo which might contribute significantly to the microlensing event rate (Weinberg, Olszewski).
The Third Stromlo Symposium - The Galactic Halo: Bright Stars and Dark Matter
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