Definition of biff in English:



[with object]informal
  • Strike (someone) roughly or sharply with the fist.

    ‘he biffed me on the nose’
    • ‘That means, of course, we would go back to the olden days when we, the public, knew who to biff if something went wrong.’
    • ‘She huffed, and biffed me over the head with a chocolate bar.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the story grew over time, that Jimmy biffed about 10 players that day, with nobody getting near him.’
    • ‘‘It's just as well he went because if I had got hold of him I would have biffed him over the head with a saucepan or something similar,’ he said.’
    • ‘But I don't go around biffing people, certainly not.’
    • ‘I opened the door and saw my two four-year-old twins biffing each other in the head with a foam baseball bat.’
    • ‘Whereas now, if somebody assaulted a member of my family, for example, I wouldn't go round and biff them, I'd take them to court.’
    • ‘Did they embrace him because, secretly, they would all like to biff the paparazzi?’
    • ‘Maybe the object is not to get biffed on the nose?’
    • ‘I jumped on the bed, and began to biff him with a pillow.’
    • ‘Then I thought, it's either him or me, so I biffed him in the face three times.’
    • ‘I blocked the first few of his punches with my arms and the mop, but he eventually got the best of me and biffed me in the chest so hard that I doubled over in pain, short of breath, dropping the mop to the deck.’
    • ‘He began to nod, but Charles biffed him in the arm.’
    • ‘First, why does a civilised society tolerate a system by which thugs are, in effect, authorised to biff people?’
    • ‘I would have thought it would be pretty cut and dried when one biffs a senior citizen down the stairs.’
    strike, slap, smack, cuff, punch, beat, thrash, thump, batter, belabour, drub, hook, pound, smash, slam, welt, pummel, hammer, bang, knock, swat, whip, flog, cane, sucker-punch, rain blows on, give someone a beating, give someone a drubbing, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, box someone's ears
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  • A sharp blow with the fist.

    • ‘Even without an accident, standing passengers who lose their balance can and do unintentionally inflict pain on others with a biff from an elbow, a blow from a briefcase and the crushing of toes from staggering feet.’
    • ‘He then lifted his hand and gave him a biff over the head.’
    • ‘Rugby is the all-time leader in biffs and bangs and broken bones, but you don't often die.’
    • ‘I gave him a biff on the nose and he turned nasty.’
    • ‘I suddenly felt a biff on the back of the neck and my neck became cold and wet.’
    • ‘He gave her a biff on the face when she tried to muscle in on his games.’
    • ‘A first biff blocked, he was undaunted as the rebound sat up for him to send a screamer into the top corner.’
    • ‘"Don't cry! He hates babies. He only gives three biffs the first time. If you start bawling, he'll give you more!"’
    • ‘Then I walked in, grabbed one of the aggressors and gave him a biff.’
    • ‘The next moment he felt an extreme biff on his right upper-leg and the cold iron of a horseshoe pressed deep and hard in his flesh.’
    blow, hit, knock, thump, thwack, box, jab, fist, cuff, clip, smash, slam, welt, straight, uppercut, hook, body blow
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Mid 19th century (originally US): symbolic of a short sharp movement.