puff up

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.puff up - make larger or distend; "The estimates were puffed up"
inflate, amplify, expand, blow up - exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated"
2.puff up - to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs"; "puffed out chests"
swell up, tumesce, tumefy, intumesce, swell - expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
3.puff up - become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"
behave, act, do - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
4.puff up - praise extravagantly; "The critics puffed up this Broadway production"
praise - express approval of; "The parents praised their children for their academic performance"

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vt sep
feathers(auf)plustern; (= blow up)aufblasen
(fig) to be puffed upaufgeblasen sein; to be puffed up with prideganz aufgeblasen sein; to puff oneself upsich aufblasen
(= swell: eyes, face etc) → anschwellen
he came puffing up (to me)er kam angeschnauft


(paf) noun
1. a small blast of air, wind etc; a gust. A puff of wind moved the branches.
2. any of various kinds of soft, round, light or hollow objects. a powder puff; (also adjective) puff sleeves.
1. to blow in small blasts. Stop puffing cigarette smoke into my face!; He puffed at his pipe.
2. to breathe quickly, after running etc. He was puffing as he climbed the stairs.
puffed adjective
short of breath; breathing quickly. I'm puffed after running so fast!
ˈpuffy adjective
swollen, especially unhealthily. a puffy face/ankle.
puff pastry
a light, flaky type of pastry.
puff out
to cause to swell or expand. The bird puffed out its feathers; He puffed out his cheeks.
puff up
to swell. Her eye (was all) puffed up after the wasp stung her.
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Cook rice sticks in 3 batches in 1/2-inch of hot peanut oil in 10-inch skillet or wok over medium high-heat, until rice sticks puff up and expand, about 5 seconds.