- a blow; punch.
- to hit; punch.
Origin of biff1
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; perhaps imitative
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Examples from the Web for biff
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After that biff on the coco I only wanted some place to crawl into.The Pagan Madonna
But honestly, Biff, did you ever see me go into a game where I was a loser in the end?
But Biff, when the problem was propounded to him, only laughed.
A second later Biff had grappled him, and together they went to the floor.
Biff Bates laughed as he clambered into the tonneau with Bobby.
- a blow with the fist
- Irish school slang a blow to the palm of the hand with a strap or cane as a punishment
- (tr) to give (someone) such a blow
C20: probably of imitative origin
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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.
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