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- (idiomatic) To add something extra to something to make it appear more substantial.
- Some students pad out their essays by adding a whole lot of quotes from random sources.
- Have you heard about girls padding out their bras to make their breasts look bigger?
- 2015, James Lambert, “Lexicography as a teaching tool: A Hong Kong case study”, in Lan Li, Jamie McKeown and Liming Liu, editors, Dictionaries and corpora: Innovations in reference science. Proceedings of ASIALEX 2015 Hong Kong, Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, page 146:
- With regard to definition-writing students, as a result of having spent years padding out written assignments in order to meet word-length requirements, were somewhat bemused to be told that fewer words were better than a long, wordy definition.
- (idiomatic, slang) To sleep or go to bed.
- Because of my job I usually pad out just before nine o'clock.
- My housemate was very annoyed to find my friends padded out on the lounge room floor this morning.