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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.


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.


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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This year's edition of Jodhpur RIFF is from October 23- 27.
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As the leader of the Jets, Riff is in almost constant motion throughout Act One.
Last year a poll found that 1968 track Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix was the greatest all-time riff.
The development and fielding cost to the government for the RIFF kit was zero, and the time for provision to the warfighter was just a matter of days.
Set in the deep-south, Buzz Riff is a wild story about Top Kiernan, a former employer of Shaw's Mercantile Marine, who was let go because his adrenaline addiction was getting in the way of his duties.
The famous track came top of a poll of 100 Greatest Riffs Ever voted for by readers of Total Guitar magazine.
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Riff joins Hoge Fenton with over 25 years of experience practicing law, the majority of his career focused on technology-related law in Silicon Valley.
I wanted a riff people would really get and would bring a smile to their faces.
The Joy of the Guitar Riff BBC Four, Friday, 9pm Thank heavens for BBC Four on Friday nights, a time when cracking documentaries and concerts are screened for music lovers who prefer Sixties and Seventies tunes to the more recent MP3 output.
She'll be fronting Dave Manington's Riff Raff at The Barton Arms in Birmingham, although "fronting" might not be the best word, as her voice often becomes part of the instrumental fabric.
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