For the poppers, there is a sexual tension in the blowing up of the balloon.
Take a deep breath, fill up like a balloon—now buzz like a bee.
Writes Wilkinson, “When asked what he would do if his balloon came down in the water with no one around, he said, ‘Drown.’ ”
For the non-poppers, the turn-on is watching the balloon expand and expand.
Some suggest Heene saw dollar signs only after the balloon went up.
The only reason why we did not tell of the balloon, was on account of the fire.
Our journey must now be compared to the descent from cloud-land in a balloon.
We were told that a man was going up in the air in a balloon.
Well, up in a balloon there ain't any of that, and it's the darlingest place there is.
I'm certain if I was up in a balloon it would look like a map with all those funny little hedges.
1570s, "a game played with a large inflated leather ball," from Italian pallone "large ball," from palla "ball," from a Germanic source akin to Langobardic palla (from Proto-Germanic *ball-, from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell;" see bole) + -one, suffix indicating great size.
Perhaps also borrowed in part from French ballon (16c.), altered (after balle) from Italian pallone. It also meant the ball itself (1590s), which was batted back and forth by means of large wooden paddles strapped to the forearms. In 17c., it also meant "a type of fireworks housed in a pasteboard ball" (1630s) and "round ball used as an architectural ornament" (1650s). Acquired modern meaning after Montgolfier brothers' flights, 1783. As a child's toy, it is attested from 1848; as "outline containing words in a comic engraving" it dates from 1844. Also cf. -oon.
"to go up in a balloon," 1792; "to swell, puff up," 1841, from balloon (n.). Related: Ballooned; ballooning.
balloon bal·loon (bə-lōōn')
An inflatable spherical device that is inserted into a body cavity or structure and distended with air or gas for therapeutic purposes.