biff
noun Etymology: probably imitative Date: circa 1887 whack, blowbiff transitive verb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • biff — [ bıf ] verb transitive BRITISH INFORMAL to hit someone in a rough way with your FIST (=closed hand) ╾ biff noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • biff — (v.) to hit, 1877, imitative (as a sound effect, from 1847). Related: Biffed; biffing. As a noun, attested from 1881 …   Etymology dictionary

  • biff — informal ► VERB ▪ strike roughly with the fist. ► NOUN ▪ a sharp blow with the fist. ORIGIN probably imitative …   English terms dictionary

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  • biff — I Australian Slang blow; punch; to punch; fighting: a bit of biff II Canadian Slang traitor, backstabber. See buddy fucker. (also for those members of the CF hailing from cape breton means to throw something or biff it) …   English dialects glossary

  • biff — biff1 [bıf] v [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Probably from the sound of hitting] 1.) [T] old fashioned informal to hit someone hard with your ↑fist = ↑thump ▪ He biffed me on the nose. 2.) [i]informal to fall or hit something when riding a bicycle, ↑ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • biff — /bɪf/ (say bif) Colloquial –noun 1. a blow; punch. 2. a fight. –verb (t) 3. to punch. –verb (i) 4. to fight. –phrase 5. biff and bang, rough behaviour, especially in football, involving pushing and hitting. 6. go the biff, to fight with the fists …   Australian English dictionary

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