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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help me to find a proper interpretation of the verb in bold in the following sentence?

    I stared at the hands gripping the collar of the Seeker’s black suit for two seconds before I realized they were mine.
    “Stop!” she said, and there was outrage on her face. Her voice rattled.
    I was shaking her.
    My hands jerked open and landed against my face. “Excuse me!” I huffed. “I’m sorry. I don’t know what I was doing.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help me to find a proper interpretation of the verb in bold in the following sentence?

    I stared at the hands gripping the collar of the Seeker’s black suit for two seconds before I realized they were mine.
    “Stop!” she said, and there was outrage on her face. Her voice rattled.
    I was shaking her.
    My hands jerked open and landed against my face. “Excuse me!” I huffed. “I’m sorry. I don’t know what I was doing.”

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    Not a teacher only a native.

    Huffed means to speak or breathe in an loud, angry manner, usually to express annoyance or irritation..

    Have you heard of the nursery rhyme, 'The Three Little Pigs'? In it there is a big, bad wolf who tries to eat the pigs, they each build a house, one of straw, one of sticks and one of bricks. The wolf goes to each of their houses and says, 'Let me in. Let me in little pig or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!'. The wolf manages to blow the straw and stick house down, but fails to blow over the brick house. A bit off topic - but a good way to show what huff in context!

    Huff can also be used to describe being angry or annoyed, as in 'he walked off in a huff'.

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    Hi shroob,

    Thank you for your lifelike explanation.

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