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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypuff out
he/she/itpuffs out
present participlepuffing out
past tensepuffed out
past participlepuffed out
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if air or smoke puffs out, or if you puff it out, you blow it out with a short breath

    He puffed out a cloud of smoke from his cigar.

  2. 2
    [transitive] if you puff out your cheeks or your chest, you fill them with air so that they look bigger
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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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