But as buffing is never sold as cow, the library binder has no excuse for keeping it in stock.
Hall watched him now, buffing his nails with a chamois board.
If a fine polish is desired, the buffing should be preceded by careful grinding with a Scotch water stone and water.
buffing is practically only the grain of cowskin from which almost all the flesh has been split.
Here the grain is removed, and the velvet finish secured by buffing the surface on an emery wheel.
The name given to the thin sheet of cowhide taken off in the operation of buffing or splitting.
"buffing" consists in smoothing the rough surfaces of the horn by means of wheels covered with walrus skin.
Of this type of safety roller, the Seymour-Jones attachment to the shaving and buffing machine is of great importance.
1570s, buffe leather "leather made of buffalo hide," from Middle French buffle "buffalo" (15c., via Italian, from Latin bufalus; see buffalo (n.)).
The color term comes from the hue of buffalo hides (later ox hides). Association of "hide" and "skin" led c.1600 to in the buff. Buff-colored uniforms of New York City volunteer firefighters since 1820s led to meaning "enthusiast" (1903).
The Buffs are men and boys whose love of fires, fire-fighting and firemen is a predominant characteristic. [N.Y. "Sun," Feb. 4, 1903]
"well-built, hunky," 1980s, from buff (v.) "polish, make attractive."
"to polish, make attractive," 1885, in reference to the treatment of buff leather or else to the use of buff cloth in polishing metals, from buff (n.). Related: Buffed; buffing.
[1604+; probably fr the pale yellowish color of the leather called buff, likened to skin]
(also buffed, buffed out) Well-built; muscular; hunky: Looking mighty buff, by the way (1980s+ Teenagers)
(also buff out) To do body-building; put on muscle; become brawnier: Fudgie wondered if Tweezer had buffed out in San Quentin (1980s+ Teenagers)
(also buff up) To be ingratiating and attentive, so as to keep on good terms: Gotta go. Gotta buff (1990s+ Hollywood)
[probably fr buff, ''polish, make attractive,'' a process originally done with a leather buff stick; the adj sense may be derived fr buffalo, as an image of strength]
To make a patient's chart look good, esp in preparing him or her for discharge
[1970s+ Medical; fr buff, ''to polish'']
An HH53 long-range rescue helicopter, called a ''big ugly fat fellow'' (1960s+ Air Force)