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1North American A sweet similar to toffee, made from brown sugar or treacle, boiled with butter and pulled until glossy.
- ‘This is expected if extensive reconnection is occurring, because as the magnetic fields stretch, the reconnection layer also stretches, like taffy being pulled.’
- ‘Good calamari is like good taffy: stretchy and tasty.’
- ‘It felt like my mouth had a huge piece of taffy in it and just would not come unstuck.’
- ‘They made one last stop at the small pink and white striped salt-water taffy shop that sold the best salt-water taffy that could be imagined.’
- ‘Their bodies are nearly indestructible, and can twist and turn into any design, like taffy.’
- ‘I felt like I was starting to fall into a vat of twisting, turning taffy; just like the kinds you would see at the fair.’
- ‘The pages for January show children sledding with homemade wooden sleds, roasting apples over an open fire and pulling taffy.’
- ‘November featured both All Saints' Day and Saint Catherine's Day, during which it was a French Canadian custom to pull taffy.’
- ‘Heavyweight oil can take on the consistency of taffy in cold temperatures and drag down a battery in a hurry, so plan to switch to a lighter grade of oil if you're flying into sub-zero conditions.’
- ‘Antonia would make cookies or taffy for them and then tell stories about her life on the country or what she remembered of Bohemia.’
- ‘They visited a few obscure shops, that turned out to be awesome, including a little old-fashioned taffy shop, where they made fresh taffy each hour, in so many different flavours.’
- ‘His legs felt like taffy: thin, ropy strands that had been pulled too far.’
- ‘Steel, even this thick, should have pulled apart like taffy.’
- ‘We gorged ourselves on boardwalk treats: caramel apples, cotton candy, salt water taffy, hot waffles and ice cream.’
- ‘We watched the flame-colored taffy spin in the dark puddles.’
- ‘Think of taffy: When it's cold and you try to bend it, it breaks.’
- ‘She looked over to see Leslie giving a reluctant child a piece of saltwater taffy.’
- ‘Carefully he pulled out a small velvet bag, which inside contained of variety of saltwater taffies.’
- ‘By weight taffy is about 40% sucrose and hard candy is about 80%.’
- ‘Looking at a paper, he found his locker; put his hand on the lock, only to realize there was taffy intentionally stuck there.’
2US informal Insincere flattery.‘she told me that my music was perfectly wonderful, and taffy like that’
Early 19th century: earlier form of toffee, ultimate origin unknown.
A Welshman (often as a form of address).
Mid 17th century: representing a supposed Welsh pronunciation of the given name Davy or David ( Welsh Dafydd).
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