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  • v. Present participle of ruff.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In hat-manuf., same as napping.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Perched on the rim of Michael's pannikin, this inconsiderable adventurer from out of the dark into the sun of life, a mere spark and mote between the darks, by a ruffing of his salmon-pink crest,


  • West led a spade and South was able to amass 10 tricks – he took the first seven by winning the ace of spades, crossing to the ace of hearts, ruffing a spade, crossing to a club, ruffing another spade, then cashing the king of hearts and another club.

    Hoist by his own petard

  • Then he returned to hand by ruffing a diamond, drew East's last trump with the 10, and claimed his slam.

    The greatest kibitzer of all time

  • With a knife you can do a lot more than a gun, but if your ruffing it long enough your blade will probably go dull and eventually be useless.

    What's the Best Survival Weapon?

  • East exited with a club and North won the king, crossed to the ace of spades and led a diamond from the dummy – if West were to ruff he would be ruffing a loser, and if he were to follow then the diamonds "must be" 3-3.

    Two unorthodox leads

  • A ♠ discard allows declarer to ruff out the ♠ queen; a ♦ discard will allow declarer to establish a long ♦ and throwing the ♥king will allow declarer to set up a heart trick by means of a ruffing finesse with the queen and eight against East's ace and seven.

    What are friends for?

  • A three-suit criss-cross ruffing squeeze – these pretty plays do come up at the table.

    What are friends for?

  • ANSWER: You have enough values to invite game and mustn't hide your heart support when you have prime values and a possible ruffing feature in diamonds.


  • If he plans ahead, he will correctly discard a diamond at Trick One instead of ruffing East's ace of clubs.


  • She scratched, ruffing the wild bushy wings, letting her mutilated pinky knock at the blue air.

    We Stabbed and a Mighty Scarf Shot Red


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  • Interesting. Also, without the 'ing', the name of many a mutt, and of which they must be proud since they say it so often!

    August 9, 2008

  • It is a surnamein my part of the country.

    August 9, 2008

  • Making applause with the stomping of feet, NOT talking goodnaturedly with your dog! ;o)

    August 9, 2008