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haff

n.

also haaf, Baltic lagoon, separated from open sea by a sandbar, German, from Middle Low German haf "sea," related to Old Norse, Swedish haf "the sea, especially "the high sea," Danish hav, Old Frisian hef, Old English hæf "sea," perhaps literally "the rising one," and related to the root of heave.

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  • "If I haff not killed you, you hear me," the voice chuckled.

    Invasion William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • And now I haff destroyed your phones so you can no longer chat with them.

    Invasion William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • So I proposed a plan, and I haff der honor of carrying it out.

    Invasion William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Everybody was now half and half, or, as Tudie vividly spoke it, "haff and hahf."

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • For you, personally, I haff no great objection, except that you are an Englishman.

    On the Road to Bagdad F. S. Brereton
  • But you are an obstacle; for years you haff been an obstacle in my path—in the path of Germany.

    On the Road to Bagdad F. S. Brereton
  • He haff brand with the dissolving paint three million feets.

  • I wouldnt buy a farm at haff price that had a striped snaik on it.

  • Thare are but phew who prefer their iniquity on the haff shell.

  • "haff to be, in this country," said the young fellow, carelessly.

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