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’
- ‘The weather was fantastic, and the whole place seemed a thousand miles from home, especially when the steam trains chuffed past.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This train was very late and didn't come chuffing in apologetically until 10 p.m.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And then, the little two-carriage train chuffed in to the platform and we were back together once more.’
- ‘The train didn't stop for very long, and soon chuffed off leaving the feline beneath the station clock.’
Early 20th century: imitative.
A person's buttocks or anus.
- ‘Why should the ministry not get off its chuff, do the work, and come up with a decision?’
- ‘On this makeshift stage women showed you their chuffs for a quid.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Minister needs to get off his chuff over the summer months and get on top of this portfolio.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
1940s: origin uncertain.
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