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- v. To inflate
- v. To blow briefly and lightly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to swell or cause to enlarge,
Sorry, no etymologies found.
As a youngster he would follow the soldiers every parade day, not for the glory of marching in step to the music of the band, but for the chance it gave him to throw back his shoulders, puff out his small chest, and blow on his tin pipe-whistle in adoring imitation of the bugler.
An Englishwoman dropping into French will soften herself and puff out her lips for pertness, while her male counterpart will veer towards the pompous.
All you moralizers, who puff out your chests and talk about how moral you are, are the first ones to throw it all away when times get desperate.
They know by old experience that when they get hold of a presumption-tadpole he is not going to stay tadpole in their history-tank; no, they know how to develop him into the giant four-legged bullfrog of fact, and make him sit up on his hams, and puff out his chin, and look important and insolent and come-to-stay; and assert his genuine simon-pure authenticity with a thundering bellow that will convince everybody because it is so loud.