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A member of the Punjab Irregular Frontier Force, a military unit raised in 1849 chiefly for the purpose of controlling the North-West Frontier of India. Frequently in plural With the. The force itself or any of the regiments succeeding it.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Pall Mall Gazette. From the initial letters of Punjab Irregular Frontier Force + -er.
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