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[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
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British Dictionary definitions for reffing

ref

/rɛf/
noun
1.
(informal) short for referee
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Word Origin and History for reffing

ref

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for reffing

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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