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fluff / fləf/ • n. 1. soft fibers from fabrics such as wool or cotton that accumulate in small light clumps: he brushed his sleeve to remove the fluff. ∎  any soft downy substance, esp. the fur or feathers of a young mammal or bird. ∎ fig. entertainment or writing perceived as trivial or superficial: the movie is a piece of typical Hollywood fluff. 2. inf. a mistake made in speaking or playing music, or by an actor in delivering lines. • v. [tr.] 1. make (something) appear fuller and softer, typically by shaking or brushing it: I fluffed up the pillows. 2. inf. fail to perform or accomplish (something) successfully or well (used esp. in a sporting or acting context): the extra fluffed his only line.

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