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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypuff up
he/she/itpuffs up
present participlepuffing up
past tensepuffed up
past participlepuffed up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if something puffs up, or if you puff it up, it looks bigger, usually because it has air in it
    When the biscuits puff up and turn brown they are ready.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to swell because of an injury or illness
    The next day his face had really puffed up.
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a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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