- v. idiomatic To become swollen
- v. expand abnormally
“Why don’t I get out my little box of white powder from the Pisae foundry and dose her wine until her teeth fall out of her head and her tongue curls up into a smoking string and her tits swell up like puffballs and explode?”
“The sting of some little word or action that wouldn't get under your skin at all, is apt to swell up one of these fellows 'bump of self-esteem as big as an egg-plant, and make it sore all over.”
“The woman, Uba, cleaned it and set it right, and it did not even swell up with pus and fever.”
“His best trick was to swell up his belly when I saddled him, with Chub’s help, of course, and then later deflate, so that the saddle would suddenly slip to the right or left and dump me on the side of the trail.”
“The brows are corrugated into an expression of agony, both hands often pressed tight against the ears – perhaps an instinctive counterpressure to the force with which the air is expelled from within – the body is thrust forward and swayed, face and neck turn crimson, the veins of the neck swell up into cords.”
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