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[bif] /bɪf/ Slang.
a blow; punch.
verb (used with object)
to hit; punch.
Origin of biff1
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50; perhaps imitative


[bif] /bɪf/
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  • Any old time she wants anybody strangled or stabbed and you aint handy, she can call on your friend biff.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • After that biff on the coco I only wanted some place to crawl into.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • biff Perkins an' his gang o' gorillers is out thar somewhar, not fur off, huntin' a chance fur deviltry.

  • A second later biff had grappled him, and together they went to the floor.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • But honestly, biff, did you ever see me go into a game where I was a loser in the end?

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • biff Bates laughed as he clambered into the tonneau with Bobby.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • He soon learned what a “punch below the belt” meant, and a “biff in the eye” and several other fighting terms.

    A Modern Cinderella Amanda M. Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for biff


a blow with the fist
(Irish, school slang) a blow to the palm of the hand with a strap or cane as a punishment
(transitive) to give (someone) such a blow
Word Origin
C20: probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for biff

"to hit," 1877, imitative (as a sound effect, from 1847). Related: Biffed; biffing. As a noun, attested from 1881.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for biff



  1. A blow with the fist; sock •Biff as the sound of a blow is attested in 1847 (1890+)
  2. A stupid young woman (1980s+ College students)


  1. : He wouldn't quit, so she biffed him (1890+)
  2. To fail; flunk (1980s+ College students)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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