Hi all,

In a letter by Katherine Mansfield I come across the following passage:

'When you came to tea this afternoon you took a brioche broke it in half & padded the inside doughy bit with two fingers'.

Could you tell me what the 'you' in this sentence is doing? Does he (it is a 'he') merely put his fingers inside the brioche or does he turn the dough into a little ball? Or something else?


It's an uncommon usage. As you say, it usually means to "add padding" to something.

We can use the name of the shape as a verb - "To make it into X's."

"He balled it up."
Made it into a pad?
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I see. So 'pad' can mean 'make into a pad'. That is what a colleague of mine thought, but I could not find any justification for it in my dictionaries, which suggest 'fill out or 'stuff'.

But thank you!

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