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A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub.
- ‘Milne's bar, the legendary literary howff in Edinburgh's Hanover Street, has been given a makeover.’
- ‘He was well known for carousing, of course, and described the Globe Inn in the town as his favourite howff.’
- ‘FEW rockets have had such a spectacular send-off as Hamish Henderson, folklorist, poet and habitue of howffs, who died just over a week ago, aged 82.’
- ‘James Boswell merrily recorded a typical night out in Edinburgh's teeming howffs in 1772.’
- ‘Joe had sneaked to the urn, then hid his filled tea-can under his overalls as he made his way back to the howff.’
Mid 16th century (as the name of the main burial ground in Dundee): of unknown origin.
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