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cream puff

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noun
  1. a hollow pastry made with cream puff paste and filled with custard sauce or whipped cream.
  2. Informal.
    1. a weak or timid person; sissy.
    2. a vehicle or machine that has been kept in unusually good condition or is very easy to operate.

Origin of cream puff

First recorded in 1885–90
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cream puff

noun
  1. a shell of light pastry with a custard or cream filling
  2. informal an effeminate man
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Word Origin and History for creampuff

n.

also cream puff, by 1859 as a kind of light confection, from cream (n.) + puff (n.). In figurative sense of "weakling, sissy," it is recorded from 1935.

I remember my first campaign. My opponent called me a cream puff. That's what he said. Well, I rushed out and got the baker's union to endorse me. [Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-R.I., 1987]

As a salesman's word, "something that is a tremendous bargain," it is from 1940s.

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