to scrape (something) with one's foot or feet.
to rub or scrape (one's foot or feet) over something.
to mar by scraping or hard use, as shoes or furniture.
to brush against, as in passing.
to brush off; wipe off.
to walk without raising the feet from the ground; shuffle.
to scrape or rub one's foot back and forth over something.
to be or become marred or scratched by scraping or wear.
(of machine parts, as gear teeth) to creep from pressure and friction so that ridges appear transversely to the direction of wear.
the act or sound of scuffing.
a flat-heeled slipper with a full-length sole and an upper part covering only the front of the foot.
a marred or scratched place on an item, as from scraping or wear.
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How to use scuff in a sentence
Their dents, scuffs and scratches appear like wrinkles in a well-done portrait, delicately drawn by time, evidence of wisdom and durability rather than decline.D.C. is a city of grand monuments and federal buildings. These photos capture the often unseen poetic details. | Kelsey Ables | July 30, 2021 | Washington Post
It can stand up against most scuffs and bumps, but it’s not indestructible.Best computer monitor stand: One trusty product to support every screen in your home office | Irena Collaku | July 13, 2021 | Popular-Science
An integrated, rubberized chainstay and down-tube protection were added to reduce potential damage in these usual spots, and a clear 3M strip keeps the upper down tube safe from tailgate scuffs.
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You need some scuff marks from the great merry-go-round we call life.
scuff it up, patinate it, so that it feels more physically, viscerally real, and a little less perfect.
There was a pause during which she continued to scuff the curbstone with her shoe, Jane likewise scuffing the fence-picket.Seventeen | Booth Tarkington
What joy it was to us to scuff through the painted fallen leaves and send them flying like showers of jewels before us!My Wife and I | Harriet Beecher Stowe
And you could scuff when you walked and pile up fallen leaves from the grass and roll in them.This Crowded Earth | Robert Bloch
Rose heard her through, and then very kindly informed her that "she was a fool to care for such a rough-scuff."The English Orphans | Mary Jane Holmes
They are like pebbles in our pathway; sometimes we never even see them, but carelessly scuff them aside as we walk.Joyce's Investments | Fannie E. Newberry
British Dictionary definitions for scuff
to scrape or drag (the feet) while walking
to rub or scratch (a surface) or (of a surface) to become rubbed or scratched
(tr) US to poke at (something) with the foot
the act or sound of scuffing
a rubbed place caused by scuffing
a backless slipper
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