from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as buff , 2.


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  • In those days a lad was taught to shine up his armour as carefully as now he would be expected to polish his boots, and it was a pleasure to Louis to sit down with sand and buff-leather in the narrow window of the tower, and rub away at the steel until his arm ached.

    The Iron Star — and what It saw on Its Journey through the Ages

  • "And it was thought a scrumtious kind of a thing to visit the gals in our buff-leather breeches in them days," said Colwell.

    Summerfield or, Life on a Farm

  • I had a mental vision of her interior decorations -- all fumed-oak wainscotings and buff-leather hangings.

    Europe Revised

  • "There have been eighteen rajahs of Sialpore in direct succession father to son," he said, swinging a beautiful buff-leather boot into view by crossing his knee, and looking at her narrowly with the air of a man who unfolds confidences.

    Guns of the Gods

  • Thus Tess walks on; a figure which is part of the landscape; a fieldwoman pure and simple, in winter guise; a gray serge cape, a red woollen cravat, a stuff skirt covered by a whitey-brown rough wrapper, and buff-leather gloves.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • Then, as neither father nor son quailed before him, he uttered a loud "Hah!" thrust back his sword, and strode with a series of stamps to the door, his high, buff-leather boots rustling and creaking the while.

    The Black Tor A Tale of the Reign of James the First

  • For that I must have a buff-leather wheel, whose revolutions are timed to a nicety, and that wheel I only have in this room.

    Erema — My Father's Sin

  • Their uniform was loose scarlet trousers, gaiter boots, and buff-leather leggings, a blue jacket trimmed with orange-colored braid, and a red cap with orange trimmings; their scarlet blankets were rolled on the top of their knapsacks.

    Perley's Reminiscences, v. 1-2 of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis

  • He wore also leather breeches and buff-leather boots, the usual horseman's dress of the period.

    John Deane of Nottingham Historic Adventures by Land and Sea


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