Definitions

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  • n. A fit of pettishness, or slight anger; a tiff.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fit of pettishness, or slight anger; a tiff.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as tiff.
  • n. A sniff; whiff; breath.
  • n. A draught of liquor: same as tiff, 1.
  • n. Same as tiff.

Etymologies

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Compare Norwegian teft a scent. See tiff (noun).

Examples

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  • Giuliani's emails have been pretty good technically, unlike those from Fred Thompson's staff, who continue to compose their email in Microsoft Word/Outlook 2007 even after this little tift.

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  • Her father on this occasion having amused them at home by relating the tift which had taken place between Cooney Finnigan and himself, which was received with abundant mirth by them all, especially by Margaret, seriously introduced the subject of her marriage, and of a recent proposal which had been made to her.

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  • We have scarce seen him since the tift he had with us the other day.

    Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph

  • So, if hay be put into ricks oa the ground, and after fold I the buyer cannot be fued for tift tithe, but the feller may, in cafe the tithe thereof was not paid before.

    Ecclesiastical Law

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  • We all saw the coach holding up Cutler's jersey after they had a bit of a tift only to result in Cutler getting a one way ticket out of Denver so after all the hugs and kisses we saw from coach with Marshall, I don't think it takes much to see where this mess is going and I am sure there are other examples with other players that I am not able to recall immediately but I guess if these are not enough examples of a coach having an extremely poor relationship with a player all in a years time then I am not so sure that you will ever realize that there is an issue with the coach's ability to manage his peeps .....

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  • "Musha, but you're both welcome," said Nancy, wishing to wipe out the effects of the last tift with Father Ned, by the assistance of the stranger's punch; "will ye bounce, ye spalpeens, and let them to the fire?

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  • (noun) - (1) Anything as it ought to be; a poet's muse is in tift when she sings well.

    --John Mactaggart's Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia, 1824

    (2) Condition, plight, humour; in tift, in proper capacity for doing anything. It might be used to denote eagerness to engage in any business.

    --John Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, 1808

    (3) A slight fit of ill-humour or offendedness; a petty quarrel.

    --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1914

    (4) Tifted up, cleansed and put into order.

    --Francis Robinson's Whitby Glossary, 1876

    January 19, 2018