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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’
- 1.1 Used to convey the suddenness of a malfunction, disappearance, etc.‘we've all been there—you've just spent the last five hours carefully crafting a document and then, phut!’
- 1.1 Used to convey the suddenness of a malfunction, disappearance, etc.
Late 19th century: imitative.
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