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1A cake made of puff pastry filled with cream.
- ‘It's horribly unglamorous and completely delicious, the sort of thing that makes you want to dive headlong into the bowl - and then have cream puffs for dessert.’
- ‘If you want to find someone attractive, don't watch them eat a cream puff.’
- ‘And, as anyone who has heard the call of a cream puff at 3 a.m. will not be surprised to hear, eating beloved foods stimulates some of the same neural pathways as addictive drugs like cocaine.’
- ‘I made a chocolate pudding from scratch, and then used it to fill cream puffs.’
- ‘One of them directs you to search for extremely pleasurable food, notably high-energy bundles of fat and sugar like cream puffs and chocolate bars.’
- ‘‘Your cream puffs are way better,’ I claimed firmly, thinking how lame I was.’
- ‘One must down eleven lemons per day, while another says she may eat only cream puffs!’
- ‘The cream puff became popular during the French food mania of the 1960s, said a culinary librarian.’
- ‘There was ice cream, Jello, cream puffs, pies, doughnuts, coconut cake.’
- ‘Don't let a sugar-laden cookie, bar, pudding, cheesecake or delectable cream puff pass your lips for seven days.’
- ‘On the counter, cream puffs hid under a frosted glass dome beside the box of marshmallow mice.’
- ‘He had dreamed of her last night and had awoken aroused and embarrassed and with an intense hunger for cream puffs.’
- ‘The coffee cream puff devoured by mum also got the thumbs-up.’
- ‘Simon didn't seem to follow until I rounded the corner to the freezers and there he was picking out a box of those mini cream puffs.’
2informal A weak or ineffectual person.
- ‘I can do that first act as this big cream puff, like nothing's wrong and I love playing games as an actor.’
- ‘And make no mistake, the judges are not cream puffs.’
- ‘Oh he's a cream puff compared to other boys I've dated.’
- 2.1offensive A male homosexual.
- 2.2US [as modifier]Denoting something of little consequence or difficulty.‘a cream-puff assignment’
- ‘It's a cream puff of a release, which means it's small and sweet.’
- ‘A top woman player used to be able to get away with a middling first serve and a cream puff second serve.’
- ‘The presidential debates increasingly smell like rig jobs with preconceived answers to cream-puff questions.’
- ‘Yeah, it was nice, but I could rattle off double-digit, middle-of-the-road teams that would have won 10 games against that cream-puff schedule.’
3North American informal A second-hand car or other item maintained in excellent condition.‘a twelve-year-old Cadillac—a real cream puff’
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