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spiff1

[spif]
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verb (used with object) Informal.
  1. to make spiffy (usually followed by up): Let's spiff up this office with new furniture.

Origin of spiff1

1875–80; perhaps v. use of dial. spiff well-dressed; see spiffy

spiff2

[spif]Slang.
noun
  1. a bonus or other form of remuneration given to retail salespeople for promoting the products of a particular manufacturer.
verb (used with object)
  1. to reward (a salesperson) with a spiff.

Origin of spiff2

First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for spiff

v.

"make neat or spruce," 1877 (with up or out), probably from spiffy (q.v.). Related: Spiffed; spiffing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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