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adjective

  • 1British informal Of very poor quality.

    • ‘duff lyrics’
    • ‘There isn't a duff track, and while those lyrics are often too clever for their own good, the accompanying tunes usually make up for that.’
    • ‘Gradually she realised that, in the scale of things, picking a duff outfit wasn't so terrible.’
    • ‘Although deep down we all know that rugby, like football, is just a game, it's still a form of entertainment and if your favourite rock group starts playing duff songs you stop going.’
    • ‘The man's never made a duff movie.’
    • ‘There has always been the consolation prize of a fabulous single talent trapped inside a duff squad.’
    • ‘But the album itself was phenomenal, and the thing is, there's not a duff song on it… it's all amazing.’
    • ‘There's not a duff tune on it, but one track in particular justifies the purchase of the entire album.’
    • ‘They're cheerfully confused by the wealth of programmes on offer and spend their days seeing all the duff stuff instead of what's good.’
    • ‘I have dined in many award-winning restaurants and had duff food.’
    • ‘I'm too inexperienced an actor to be landed with a duff script.’
    • ‘He has produced a duff documentary.’
    • ‘I thought I'd bought a duff batch but it seems not to be the case as the CD burner reads them fine.’
    • ‘The extras seem well selected, and there's not a duff model in the entire line up.’
    • ‘There are inspirational, committed teachers who stay long after the day is done to run duff football teams.’
    • ‘With compilation albums you always get at least one or two duff tracks, because someone else's idea of what makes a good compilation will never fit in with your own idea.’
    • ‘In other words, comprehensive though this report is, some of it is based on data that the Commission considers a bit duff.’
    • ‘The recording quality's a bit duff, though it's tempting to think that the distortions and drop outs are a result of the machinery's inability to capture this music rather than poor engineering.’
    • ‘This past season has seen many duff decisions but also some solid displays.’
    • ‘Those duff moments are easily offset by the rest of the set.’
    • ‘I love all kinds of films, except the plotless kind with unconvincing acting, shoddy editing and duff music played on synths.’
    bad, substandard, poor, inferior, second-rate, second-class, unsatisfactory, inadequate, unacceptable, not up to scratch, not up to par, deficient, imperfect, defective, faulty, shoddy, amateurish, careless, negligent
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    1. 1.1Incorrect or false.
      ‘she played a couple of duff notes’
      • ‘You see a note on one of the five lines, forget the key signature at the beginning of the line, play it standard rather than as a sharp and end up with one of those horrible duff notes that means you have to stop playing and start from scratch.’
      • ‘He never hit a duff note, running through Road To Mandalay, Eternity, She's The One and Millennium.’
      • ‘I was thoroughly captivated by the piano concerto, even though I am sure I heard a couple of duff notes.’
      • ‘Do you accept that the intelligence you were actually given was duff intelligence and it's made you look rather a fool in the eyes of the world?’

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duff

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noun

North American, Scottish
  • Decaying vegetable matter covering the ground under trees.

    • ‘generally the fires in this area burn the duff and underbrush and scorch a few trees’

Pronunciation

duff

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Origin

Late 18th century (denoting something worthless): of unknown origin.

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transitive verb

[with object] informal British
  • duff someone upBeat someone up.

    • ‘Last time we met, I kept thumping her on the leg as a way demonstrating my affection and she duffed me up.’
    • ‘What was he going to do, duff me up on the street in front of dozens of people?’
    • ‘He insists on sitting on the mat where the door might slam on him, and on challenging the same old bruiser of a female four doors down, who duffs him up every time, leaving him cut and scabby.’
    • ‘Considering that several players get drunk and duff someone up every week, this could prove to be a valuable source of income.’
    • ‘I assumed that to keep the children from duffing each other up I would be required to sit miserably on the sidelines of a soft play centre.’
    • ‘And there can hardly be a married woman alive who hasn't, many times, felt inclined to duff up her husband, if not actually to wring his neck.’
    • ‘I haven't been going out and trying to duff up little kids if they won't give me their pocket money.’
    • ‘However, whoever was doing security should be taken outside and duffed up.’
    attack, assail, assault, hit, strike, beat, give someone a beating, thrash, pound, pummel, wallop, hammer, tear into, set upon, fall on, turn on, let fly at
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Pronunciation

duff

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Origin

1940s of uncertain origin.

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noun

informal North American
  • A person's buttocks.

    • ‘I did not get where I am today by sitting on my duff’
    • ‘A lifetime of sitting on my duff in front of a computer while wolfing down fast food and snacks fried in lesser snacks has made me too weak and lazy to get up and start any sort of effective protest or take any productive action.’
    • ‘Another two employees were sitting on their duffs on chairs, also doing nothing, though they were apparently stationed where they were stationed for a reason.’
    • ‘In other words, instead of focusing on the obvious and most media-friendly candidates, let's get off our duffs and not become the branding arm for celebrities, whether journalists or not.’
    • ‘For years the conventional wisdom was that media reform - like campaign finance reform - was too abstract an issue to get people off their duffs and into action.’
    • ‘Also, some people are better set up to pursue longer term goals and others need more immediate rewards to get off their duffs and do anything.’
    • ‘We have to get off our duffs, get our noses out of the TV, and get our children to speak up.’
    • ‘Get them off their duff because something that they finally care about, their own bodies, their own choices, their own freedom is being affected.’
    • ‘What a very worthwhile reason to get out of my house, off of my duff, and start making a difference!’
    • ‘Perhaps Tracy's achievements will give me the nudge that I need to get off my duff and get this thing done?’
    • ‘Yes, you may have to get off your duff to start your vehicle.’
    • ‘Unless you, dear reader, get off your duff immediately, and take action, your life will be changed forever; and for the worse.’
    • ‘These results - like those in some smaller studies - are one more reason to get off your duff.’
    • ‘Spending too much time on your duff tends to weaken the muscles of the lower back and bend the spine out of its natural alignment.’
    • ‘She could fall on her duff and reel about like a drunken party host, but will still finish high in the competition because she is the current national champion.’
    • ‘Note however, that your tailbone is, after all, located in your duff and a hard fall at too sharp an angle will either bruise or fracture the tailbone.’
    • ‘This is just a superficial treatment for now, but we will explain it with examples when our economics guy gets off his duff and finishes the article for us.’
    • ‘Get off your duff and do jumping jacks during a commercial break.’
    • ‘Once Christie was elected, all he did was sit on his duff.’
    • ‘If you owned hundreds of millions of shares in a company, would you be sitting on your duff waiting for him to rush to the rescue and protect your assets?’
    • ‘Now get off your duff and quit forwarding stuff already!’

Pronunciation

duff

/dəf/

Origin

Mid 19th century of unknown origin.

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transitive verb

[with object] informal Golf
  • Mishit (a shot)

    • ‘he duffed the ball short of the green’

Pronunciation

duff

/dəf/

Origin

Late 19th century of uncertain origin; perhaps from duffer.

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noun

usually with modifier
  • A flour pudding boiled or steamed in a cloth bag.

    ‘a currant duff’
    • ‘Dinner might be a roast with potatoes and onions, with a duff for pudding.’

Pronunciation

duff

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Origin

Early 19th century northern English form of dough. Compare with up the duff.

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transitive verb

[with object] informal Australian
  • Steal and alter brands on (cattle)

    • ‘he was complaining to the police that his stock was being duffed’

Pronunciation

duff

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Origin

Mid 18th century (as thieves' slang in the sense ‘sell worthless articles as if they were valuable’); probably a back-formation from duffer.