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riffraff

Undesirable, disreputable, or vulgar people, often used in a condescending manner. I wouldn't be seen in a place like that, there's a lot of riffraff that hang out around there.

riff-raff

an impolite way of describing people from a low social class, especially people who behave badly We don't want drug addicts and other riff-raff living near us.

riff

1. n. a short, repeated line of music played by a particular performer. Jim just sat there and forgot his riff.
2. n. a digression while speaking. (From sense 1) If she didn’t make so many riffs while she spoke, we could understand her better.

riffed

1. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I can’t keep getting riffed every night like this.
2. and rift mod. fired; released from employment. (From rif, “reduction in force.” A dismissal not for cause, but simply to reduce the number of workers.) Most of the sales force was rift last week.
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1921 saw early service in Spain's colonial campaigns against the Riffian tribes of Morocco in the 1920s, its first large scale combat use came during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939.