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ref

[ref] /rɛf/
noun, verb (used with or without object), reffed, reffing. Sports Slang.
1.
Origin of ref
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; by shortening

ref.

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2.
3.
referred.
4.
refining.
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8.
refunding.
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  • My inexperience became only too apparent when I told the men that I had "just beat the ref."

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • ref hasn't changed any more than my interest in writing these books for you.

    Little Tony of Italy Madeline Brandeis
  • But there's a difference, and here's where you ref'ree, judge.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • The ref shakes his head no, and that seems to satisfy the Martian.

  • The ref hadn't seen Charles foul me, but he'd seen Charles's play that weekend.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for ref

ref

/rɛf/
noun
1.
(informal) short for referee

ref.

abbreviation
1.
referee
2.
reference
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Word Origin and History for ref

1899 (n.), 1929 (v.); short for referee. Related: Reffed; reffing.

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

ref

noun

A referee (1899+)

verb

: I started reffing basketball in southern Illinois in 1957 (1929+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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