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fluff  (flf)
n.
1. Light down or fuzz, as on a young bird or on a dandelion or milkweed seed.
2. Something having a very light, soft, or frothy consistency or appearance: a fluff of meringue; a fluff of cloud.
3. Something of little substance or consequence, especially:
a. Light or superficial entertainment: The movie was just another bit of fluff from Hollywood.
b. Inflated or padded material: The report was mostly fluff, with little new information.
4. The parts of a junked car that are not metal and cannot be recycled.
5. Informal An error, especially in the delivery of lines, as by an actor or announcer.
v. fluffed, fluff·ing, fluffs
v.tr.
1. To make fluffy: fluff a pillow; a squirrel fluffing out its tail.
2. Informal
a. To ruin or mar by a mistake or blunder: They fluffed their chance to participate in the playoffs by losing their last three games.
b. To forget or botch (ones lines).
v.intr.
1. To become fluffy.
2. Informal To make an error, especially to forget or botch ones lines.

[Origin unknown.]


fluff  /flf/  n. [U] 1 a soft loose particle on the surface of fabric 2 the soft airiness of s.t., esp. pillows: The fluff in the pillow makes it very comfortable.
v. [T] 1 to pat so as to make s.t. soft and full of air: She fluffed the pillows on the sofa. 2 to make a mistake, esp. to forget memorized lines, (syn.) to botch: The actor became nervous and fluffed his lines. fluff

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