verb (used with object), riffed, rif·fing. Informal.
to discharge (a person) from military or civil service, especially as part of an economy program.
Origin of rif
First recorded in 1945–50; special use of RIF
Er [er] /ɛr/, a mountainous coastal region in N Morocco.
Military. a reduction in the personnel of an armed service or unit.
a reduction in the number of persons employed by a business, government department, etc., especially for budgetary reasons.
Origin of RIF
R(eduction) I(n) F(orce)
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Historical Examples of rif
During the year, also, the Rif pirates gave trouble on the shores of northern Africa.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.
E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Riff-raff, rif′-raf, n. sweepings: refuse: the rabble, the mob.
His country is one day east of Tetuan, in the Rif mountains.
Riff Rifi (ˈrɪfɪ)
plural Rifs, Riffs, Rifis, Rif, Riff or Rifi a member of a Berber people, inhabiting the Atlas Mountains in Morocco
Also called: Rifian, Riffian (ˈrɪfɪən) the dialect of Berber spoken by this people
See Er Rif
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