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1Used to represent a sound such as that made by the passage of a bullet or that of a small, muffled explosion:‘Phut! Up went the Roman candles, like distress flares’
- ‘With a phut from the silenced rifle, the 5.56 mm nano-shell entered through the Crab's eye.’
- ‘Mind you, there is also the occasional phut, phut, phut to be heard.’
- 1.1 Used to convey the suddenness of a malfunction, disappearance, ending, etc.:‘we've all been there—you've just spent the last five hours carefully crafting a document and then, phut!’
Late 19th century: imitative.
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