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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: puff

A puff is a short blast of air or smoke, as well as the sound made when giving off a puff, and the act of inhaling and exhaling on a cigarette or pipe. It is also a ball of choux pastry baked and filled with something sweet, often whipped cream and jam. Figuratively, a puff is a flattering review. To puff means ‘to blow with a short blast,’ as wind sometimes does, ‘to give or let out in a puff,’ and ‘to move with a puff.’ To puff is also…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: gust

A gust is a sudden and strong blast of wind and it can also be a burst of fire or water or a puff of smoke. Figuratively, any sudden burst of emotion and feelings can also be called a gust. As a verb, to gust means ‘to blow or rush in gusts.’ In the old days, gust was also a noun that meant ‘flavor or taste’. Although this meaning is now archaic, you might still…

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