cream puff

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A cream puff is a small light puff-pastry cake filled with whipped cream. The term dates from the 1880s (in America), its colloquial application to an ineffectual or ‘wet’ person, particularly an effeminate man, probably from the 1930s. In American English it is also a slang expression for a second-hand car in excellent condition.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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