noun, verb (used with or without object), reffed, ref·fing. Sports Slang.
Origin of ref
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Get ready to bid farewell to the spitfire Bobby Bottleservice and big booty player Ref Jeff.
The home team eked out a win in the World Cup opening match, with a little help from the Japanese ref.
Down Fred went and the ref blew his whistle, piercing Croatian hearts as he pointed to the penalty spot.
There is, perhaps, a natural tendency to blame the ref when things don't go well.
Williams, enraged by the call, spewed a few nasty comments at the ref.Metta World Peace, David Beckham, and More Flagrant Fouls in Sports|Brittany Jones-Cooper|April 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"If you'd done like this in a shop you'd be sacked without a ref," he said when his search was over.My Neighbors|Caradoc Evans
But there's a difference, and here's where you ref'ree, judge.Stover at Yale|Owen Johnson
The third point in which the law dis- tinguishes between man and woman is with ref- erence to the suffrage.The Unexpurgated Case Against Women Suffrage|Almroth E. Wright
Refragable, ref′ra-ga-bl, adj. that may be resisted: capable of refutation.
Several years have gone by since we started our work together and Marie is a bigger girl—but Ref hasn't changed one bit.Little Tony of Italy|Madeline Brandeis
1899 (n.), 1929 (v.); short for referee. Related: Reffed; reffing.