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buff         

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      n  
1   
a    a soft thick flexible undyed leather made chiefly from the skins of buffalo, oxen, and elk  
b    (as modifier)  
a buff coat     
2   
a    a dull yellow or yellowish-brown colour  
b    (as adj.)  
buff paint     
3      (Also called)    buffer  
a    a cloth or pad of material used for polishing an object  
b    a flexible disc or wheel impregnated with a fine abrasive for polishing metals, etc., with a power tool  
4    Informal   one's bare skin (esp. in the phrase in the buff)  
      vb  
5    to clean or polish (a metal, floor, shoes, etc.) with a buff  
6    to remove the grain surface of (a leather)  
     (C16: from Old French buffle, from Old Italian bufalo, from Late Latin bufalus buffalo)  
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buff          [2]  
      vb  
1    tr   to deaden the force of  
      n  
2    Archaic   a blow or buffet (now only in the phrase blind man's buff)  
     (C15: back formation from buffet2)  

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buff          [3]  
      n  
Informal   an expert on or devotee of a given subject  
a cheese buff     
     (C20: originally US: an enthusiastic fire watcher, from the buff-coloured uniforms worn by volunteer firemen in New York City)  

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buff         

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      adj   sandy, straw, tan, yellowish, yellowish-brown  
2   
      n  
in the buff      bare, buck naked     (slang)   in one's birthday suit     (informal)   in the altogether     (informal)   in the bare scud     (slang)   in the raw     (informal)   naked, nude, scuddy     (slang)   unclad, unclothed, with bare skin, without a stitch on     (informal)  
3   
      vb   brush, burnish, polish, rub, shine, smooth  

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buff          [2]  
      n     (informal)   addict, admirer, aficionado, connoisseur, devotee, enthusiast, expert, fan, fiend     (informal)   freak     (informal)   grandmaster, hotshot     (informal)   maven     (U.S.)   whizz     (informal)  

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