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buff out

1. To remove or smooth out imperfections from a solid surface, such as metal, wood, or plastic, by applying a strong and consistent frictional force, especially from a buffing wheel. Somebody scratched my car! I'll have to take it to the shop to get it buffed out.
2. To conceal or remove minor flaws, imperfections, or damage, either physically (as from a surface) or figuratively (as from one's personality or background). Prior to his campaign, the candidate hired a PR firm to buff out some of his problems relating to younger voters. The groundskeeper buffed out the field ahead of the big game tonight.
See also: buff, out

buff the muffin

vulgar slang To masturbate. A term usually applied to women. A: "Why is she all embarrassed today?" B: "Oh, her crush walked in on her buffing the muffin. How horrifying is that?"
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buff down

To make a solid surface (such as metal, wood, or plastic) smooth by removing imperfections with the application of a strong and consistent frictional force, especially from a buffing wheel. Somebody scratched my car, so I'll have to take it to the shop to get it buffed down.
See also: buff, down

buff up

To make a surface (such as metal) smooth by rubbing it so that it shines. A noun can be used between "buff" and "up" or after "up." I buffed up my car so that it would look nice at the wedding.
See also: buff, up

buff something down

to polish or smooth something by buffing. I buffed the newly waxed table down with a cloth. I'm going to go out and buff down the car.
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buff something up

to polish something to a shine. He buffed his shoes up and went out for the evening. He buffed up the antique silver platter.
See also: buff, up

*in the altogether

 and *in the buff; *in the nude; *in the raw
Fig. naked; nude. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~; sleep ~.) The museum has a painting of some ladies in the buff. Mary felt a little shy about getting into the altogether. Bill says he sleeps in the raw.

in the altogether

Also, in or stripped to the buff ; in the raw. Naked, nude, as in The art class wanted a model to pose in the altogether, or She was stripped to the buff when the doorbell rang, or He always sleeps in the raw. The first of these colloquial terms dates from the late 1800s. In the buff, a seemingly modern locution dates from the 1600s, buff alluding to a soft, undyed leather, buffskin, that also gave its name to the color. The use of raw, presumably also alluding to raw (undressed) leather, dates from the early 1900s.


mod. strong; muscular. He has such buff legs! Does he have a job or does he just work out?
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in the buff

mod. naked. You can save hundreds of dollars in a lifetime by not buying pajamas and sleeping in the buff instead.
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in the buff

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After sanding and buffing there was a slight improvement over the 2K system.
D 95 105 112 127 Table 6 -- Halo Effect in Various UV-Curable Resins Resin Halo Effect UA Resin A Not Tested UA Resin B Halo UA Blend 1 Medium Halo UA Blend 2 Slight Halo UA Blend 3 Slight Halo UA Blend 4 No Halo UA Blend 5 Slight Halo Commercial UV Refinish No Halo Commercial 2K Refinish No Halo Table 7 -- DOI and Gloss Before and After Sanding and Buffing Initial Resin DOI 20 [degrees] 60 [degrees] UA Resin A ND ND ND UA Resin B 97 86 90 UA Blend 1 97 86 91 UA Blend 2 97 86 91 UA Blend 3 97 87 91 UA Blend 4 97 87 91 UA Blend 5 97 86 91 Commercial UV Refinish 79.
The productions from these 4 buffing machines are expected to produce 10,000 to 12,000 tons rubber (mulch) buffings per year, at a contracted price of approximately $400 per ton.
Key statement: Methods, apparatus and computer programs for correcting a buff of tread from a crown of a tire, the steps of the method including measuring the distance between the tire crown surface and the belt at each of the plurality of locations; calculating a projected distance between the crown surface and the belt at each of the plurality of transverse locations across the crown using proposed buff radii, choosing a new position of the buffing radius origin from the one or more proposed origin positions on the centerline of the tire; and buffing the tread from the tire crown along the arc described by the buff radius having the buffing radius origin at the new position.
DazzleDerm today announced the introduction of DazzleDerm (TM) Buffing Soap Bag, a clever mesh bag that transforms bars of soap into a skin exfoliator that creates oodles of lather.
Each model includes an illuminating overhead light for enhanced operator visibility, as well as a built-in diamond point tool for truing and dressing the buffing wheel.
Tenders are invited for Procurement Of Buffing Machine, Digital Camera Phtocopier Machine For Gcs Mess At Ota, Gaya
Tenders are invited for Mechanised cleaning of interior and exterior portion of incoming coaches, Qty-1729 coaches, Intensive cleaning of interior portion and buffing and polishing of Stainless Steel components of 1614 traffic out coaches, mechanised intensive cleaning and buffing and polishing 42 Pantry Cars and intensive cleaning of interior and exterior portion and buffing and polishing of interior stainless steel parts of 335 traffic out EMU/MEMU trailor coaches by outside agency on contract basis for a period of 12 months