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  • n  any of various fungi of the family Lycoperdaceae whose round fruiting body discharges a cloud of spores when mature
  • n  any of various fungi of the genus Scleroderma having hard-skinned subterranean fruiting bodies resembling truffles

  • Her enemiesthere is an ample supplydismiss her as vulgar, venal, vindictive and untrustworthy, a puffball of bluff.
  • Said one pro: "On other courses a puffball hitter can get hot, but here you've got to play four days, and you've got to be a bull.
  • Pierre's particular prey were the pouting little imitators of Brigitte Bardot, with puffball hairdos and ambitions to become starlets or models.

  • Nicolas Roeg in Belfast Telegraph
    Roeg says: "Puffball is a strange film about chance meetings. It is difficult to categorise because it is not a genre film. I could identify with it as soon as I read the script. I hope it won't be judged as just as a horror film or a love story -...
  • Alan Clark in guardian.co.uk
    More than a decade ago Alan Clark called him "a puffball ...... that pudgy life-insurance risk," but Clark died in 1999 and Ken remains with us, pudgier than ever but still defying the actuaries.

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