British a children's name for a steam locomotive or railway train

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Examples from the Web for puff-puff

Historical Examples of puff-puff

  • "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