One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object, with adverbial of direction (of a steam engine) move with a regular sharp puffing sound.‘the train was chuffing out of the station’
- ‘In a country where goat-propelled carts are de rigueur and people stop and stare in wonder at a 35-year-old Mack truck chuffing and chugging along the rutted roads.’
- ‘The train didn't stop for very long, and soon chuffed off leaving the feline beneath the station clock.’
- ‘This train was very late and didn't come chuffing in apologetically until 10 p.m.’
- ‘And then, the little two-carriage train chuffed in to the platform and we were back together once more.’
- ‘With all but the very last of the swimmers in, some of the boats began to chuff into harbour as well, the pilots waving to their friends.’
- ‘I felt as though I were a train that was slowly chuffing off from the station, the wheel spokes moving in slow, forward motions.’
- ‘Installed around 18 months ago at a cost just a tad short of £500,000, the Fort William turntable was intended to be a novel tourist attraction to augment the steam train service that chuffs along the line during the summer months.’
- ‘The weather was fantastic, and the whole place seemed a thousand miles from home, especially when the steam trains chuffed past.’
Early 20th century: imitative.
A person's buttocks or anus.
- ‘The Minister needs to get off his chuff over the summer months and get on top of this portfolio.’
- ‘Why should the ministry not get off its chuff, do the work, and come up with a decision?’
- ‘If Smith is such a great constituency Member of Parliament, why did he not get off his chuff and write to the Minister about the issues of which he speaks?’
- ‘And so, to have at least one part of me moving while I chat and listen to him, I've played Zuma to make me feel like I'm achieving something besides sitting on my chuff.’
- ‘I hope this Government will get off its chuff and properly support and resource the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, so that it can do a better job for our children.’
- ‘To this day he has not got off his chuff and gone to the police or the Serious Fraud Office, to say that he wants to help the people who lost money.’
- ‘That's the good thing about having friends to stay… you've got the perfect excuse to get off your chuff and go and do something you haven't yet gotten around to.’
- ‘On this makeshift stage women showed you their chuffs for a quid.’
1940s: origin uncertain.
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