biff

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[bif]Slang.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to hit; punch.

Origin of biff

1
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; perhaps imitative

biff

2
[bif]
noun
  1. biffy.
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biff

noun
  1. a blow with the fist
  2. Irish school slang a blow to the palm of the hand with a strap or cane as a punishment
verb
  1. (tr) to give (someone) such a blow

Word Origin for biff

C20: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for biff
v.

"to hit," 1877, imitative (as a sound effect, from 1847). Related: Biffed; biffing. As a noun, attested from 1881.

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