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1‘Sister will put a pad over your eye for the time being’
dressing, compress, pack, padding, wadding, wad, stuffing
2‘the chair comes with a loose seat pad’
cushion, squab, pillow, bolster
filling, stuffing, upholstery
3‘he was making notes on a pad’
notebook, notepad, writing pad, memo pad, jotter, tablet, block, sketch pad, sketchbook
North American scratch pad
1‘a quilted jacket padded with duck feathers for extra warmth’
stuff, fill, pack, line, wad, upholster, cushion
1‘I make no noise as I pad along towards the bedroom’
walk quietly, tread softly, walk barefoot, walk in stockinged feet, walk in slippers, shuffle, soft-shoe
‘don't pad out your answer to make it seem impressive’
spin out, fill out, augment, amplify, increase, add to, stretch out, eke out, flesh out, lengthen, overdo, protract, elaborate
tighten up, condense
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