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deflate  v. t.  To reduce from an inflated condition; used literally and metaphorically; as, to deflate a tire; to deflate expectations.

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"Deflate" Quotes from Famous Books

... side of a case a man can kid himself into thinking that he is wholly right, that his cause is greater than himself and represents the rights of the entire community. But a counter-blast from the other side will deflate his balloon in a second and he'll come down to earth without even a parachute to soften the ...
— The Iron Puddler • James J. Davis

... herd is a mutual benefit life insurance company. When a gaunt and hungry wolf-pack appears, the adult bull and cow musk-oxen at once form a close circle, with the calves and young stock in the centre. That deadly ring of lowered heads and sharp horns, all hung precisely right to puncture and deflate hostile wolves, is impregnable to fang and claw. The arctic wolves know this well. Mr. Stefansson says it is the settled habit of wolf packs of Banks Land to pass musk-ox herds without even provoking them to ...
— The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals • William T. Hornaday

Words linked to "Deflate" :   cut down, vilipend, depreciate, trim down, reduce, inflate, collapse, deflator, alter, bring down, trim, fall, trim back, release, turn

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