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(Brit) a children's name for a steam locomotive or railway train
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  • "puff-puff," slowly at first, in a solemn and majestic manner.

  • We wanted to get away from clang-clang and honk-honk and puff-puff.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • It was a steady "puff-puff," and then the darkness was cut by a glare of light.

  • The chatter of the gasoline engine came to her faintly, puff-puff.

    Rebecca's Promise Frances R. Sterrett
  • My nurse—an egregious female—had previously remarked, "The dear child do take such notice of the puff-puff!"

    Wandering Heath

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The steady chug-chug and puff-puff of the motor was heard as the adventurers moved on up the mountain.

    The Motor Boys Overland

    Clarence Young
  • Then he began to jump up and down on the top of me, and explained that he was “riding in the puff-puff.”

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • From the boat yard came the sound of mallet and caulking iron, and the steady puff-puff, puff-puff of the machine-shop exhaust.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour

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