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noun puff pronunciation in British English /pʌf/
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singularpuff
pluralpuffs
  1. 1
    [countable] the action of breathing in smoke from a cigarette, pipe etc
    She put the cigarette out after a few puffs.
  2. 2
    [countable] the action of blowing or breathing out air so that it makes a sound
    Her breath came in short painful puffs.
    1. a.
      a sound like someone blowing or breathing out air
      the puff, puff of the old steam engine
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    2. b.
      British informal enough breath or strength to do something
      We ran out of puff before we got to the top of the hill.
  3. 3
    [countable] a small amount of smoke, wind, or air that comes and goes quickly
    puff of: There was a small bang, and then a puff of blue smoke.
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  4. 4
    [countable] a type of small pie made of pastry with something soft inside
    a cheese/cream puff
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  5. 6
    [uncountable] British informal the drug cannabis

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