verb Etymology: English dialect spiff dandified Date: 1877 spruce — usually used with up <
spiff up your wardrobe
spiffed-up adjective

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  • Spiff — saves the dayA spiff is an immediate bonus for a sale. Typically, spiffs are paid, either by a manufacturer or employer, directly to a salesperson for selling a specific product.There is a reference to a spiff in a slang dictionary of 1859: The… …   Wikipedia

  • spiff — spiff·i·ly; spiff·i·ness; spiff·ing; spiff; …   English syllables

  • spiff — [spɪf] also spif noun [countable] informal MARKETING a financial reward that is given to influence a salesperson to sell the product of a particular manufacturer * * * …   Financial and business terms

  • spiff — (v.) “make neat or spruce,” 1877 (with up or out), probably from SPIFFY (Cf. spiffy) (q.v.). Related: Spiffed; spiffing …   Etymology dictionary

  • spiff — [spif] vt. [see SPIFFY] Slang to make spiffy; spruce ( up) …   English World dictionary

  • Spiff — Un spiff o spiv es un bono inmediato por una venta. Comúnmente, los spiffs son pagados por un fabricante o el empleador directamente al vendedor por la venta de un producto específico. Origen Una de las primeras referencias a un spiff se puede… …   Wikipedia Español

  • spiff — 1. noun a) Attractiveness or charm in dress, appearance, or manner Without a diploma, he relies on spiff alone to climb the corporate ladder. b) A well dressed man She rolled a spiff for us as she spoke, sifting the ganja between her fingers... 2 …   Wiktionary

  • spiff — spiff1 /spif/, v.t. Informal. to make spiffy (usually fol. by up): Let s spiff up this office with new furniture. [1875 80; perh. v. use of dial. spiff well dressed; see SPIFFY] spiff2 /spif/, Slang. n. 1. a bonus or other form of remuneration… …   Universalium

  • spiff — verb (spiff someone/thing up) N. Amer. informal make someone or something smart or stylish. Origin C19: perh. from dialect spiff well dressed …   English new terms dictionary

  • spiff — n. extra money paid to a salesperson to sell certain merchandise aggressively. (See also push money.) □ The manufacturer supplied a little spiff that even the store manager didn’t know about. □ I got about $300 last month in spiff for selling… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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