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spif

/ (spɪf) /
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noun informal, mainly British

a postage stamp perforated with the initials of a firm to avoid theft by employeesFormer name: perfin

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Word Origin for spif

C20: from s (tamp) p (erforated with) i (nitials of) f (irm)
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