Her gas escaped to mix with air, and the air of her rent balloonette poured into her deflating gas-chambers.
The best filled paunches cannot resist them; deflating little by little, they make the heaviest light.
deflate 1891, in reference to balloons, coinage based on inflate. L. deflare meant "to blow away," but in the modern word the prefix is taken in the sense of "down." Deflation in reference to currency or economic situations is from 1920.