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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.
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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.
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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.
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in the altogether

Naked. I keep having the dream where I walk into my high school in the altogether!

in the buff

slang Naked. I keep having the dream where I walk into my high school in the buff!
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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.
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*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.

in the altogether

without any clothes on; naked. informal
1991 Today The mothers…have agreed to pose in the altogether.

in the buff

naked. informal
The original meaning of buff in English was ‘buffalo’, and it later came to mean ‘ox hide’ or ‘the colour of ox hide’. In the buff itself comes from buff leather, a type of yellowish-beige ox hide formerly used in military uniform, the colour of which was regarded as comparable to that of human skin.
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in the ˈbuff

(informal) wearing no clothes: I’m sure I saw him swimming in the buff!
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mod. strong; muscular. He has such buff legs! Does he have a job or does he just work out?
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See buffed

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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A typical robot cell consists of an industrial robot with it's own easy to programme software, a central controller and one or two abrasive belt or buff heads and a pallet magazine.
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The Buffs, short for the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, is a working class Protestant social club.
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A recent survey conducted by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy was successful in locating fewer than 500 American Buffs of breeding age with only one flock containing more than 50 birds.
Rail buffs are always looking for something old, something rare," Cockburn says.
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T]he eyes of Watergate buffs tend to twinkle rather than stare.