balloon

noun
1》 a small rubber sac which is inflated and used as a child's toy or a decoration.
2》 a large bag filled with hot air or gas to make it rise in the air, typically having a basket for passengers.
3》 a rounded outline in which the words or thoughts of characters in a comic strip or cartoon are written.
4》 a large rounded drinking glass, used especially for brandy.
5》 Scottish informal a stupid person.
verb
1》 swell out in a spherical shape.
    ↘increase rapidly.
2》 travel by hot-air balloon.
3》 Brit. (with reference to a ball) lob or be lobbed high in the air.
Phrases
when the balloon goes up informal when the action or trouble starts.
Derivatives
ballooner noun
ballooning noun
balloonist noun
Origin
C16 (orig. denoting a game played with a large inflated leather ball): from Fr. ballon or Ital. ballone 'large ball'.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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