But could this invoking of the words of the Godfather of Soul be a belated effort to inflate these flat polling numbers?
Apropos inflation, the government could try to inflate its way out of this crisis, covering the deficit by printing money.
Others, more knowingly, tell you that the government plans to “inflate away its debt.”
You may decide to curb your enthusiasm—or inflate it—at no risk to your health or the well-being of the planet.
Does it matter whether Taylor Swift wants me to inflate my Internet notoriety by doing a dumb thing where I lip sync to her music?
The affair of the Argus and the Pelican was not calculated to inflate Yankee pride.
To belly a sail is to inflate or fill it with the wind, so as to give a taut leech.
All that remained was to inflate the big bag, and this Mr. Glassford at once arranged to do.
"Launch and inflate another target-globe," he ordered drily.
We hurry into the heavy rubber suits—and the engineers are already dressed—and inflate at the air-pump taps.
early 15c., "cause to swell," from Latin inflatus, past participle of inflare "to blow into, inflate" (see inflation). Economics sense from 1844. In some senses a back-formation from inflation. Related: Inflatable; inflated; inflating.