Tahara was a pretty, pale, dark girl, with curious cabalistic riffi marks tattooed in blue on her forehead and chin.
The gun, pistol, or dagger is the riffi's summary judge and jury.
We had a fairly intelligent boy—Mohammed, a riffi—and managed to understand a word or two he said.
Others that he was shot by some riffi brothers because he was in the habit of talking to their sister.
The light glittered on his long, brass-plated riffi gun: a red leather pouch full of bullets hung at his side.
"melodic phrase in jazz," 1935 (but said to have been used by musicians since c.1917), of uncertain origin, perhaps a shortened form of riffle, or altered from refrain. The verb is attested from 1942, from the noun. Also in extended use. Related: Riffed; riffing.
[1953+; fr reduction in force]
[origin unknown; perhaps echoic; perhaps fr refrain; perhaps fr riffle or ripple in the sense of ''try, shot, crack'']
A refrigerator car; reefer1 (1950s+ Railroad)