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biff

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[bif]Slang.
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noun
  1. a blow; punch.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to hit; punch.
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Origin of biff

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An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; perhaps imitative

biff

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[bif]
noun
  1. biffy.
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Related Words for biff

knock, pound, hit, crack, punch, clout, whack, swat, smack, lick, cuff, slap, wallop, strike, thwack, wham, slug, belt, whop, roundhouse

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British Dictionary definitions for biff

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
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verb
  1. (tr) to give (someone) such a blow
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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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