One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]NZ, Australian
Steal cattle.‘here they'd once cattle-duffed by starlight’
- ‘He may also have been cattle duffing with his stepfather.’
- ‘She had faked the brands and cattle duffed.’
- ‘They're bound to visit lightly sins on those who cattle-duff.’
Late 19th century: from cattle + duff ‘steal and alter brands on cattle’.
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