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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

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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According to the mod uploader, a conflict can arise since the custom content overrides both Data and XML files for all buffs it modifies.
It's hard to say the beleaguered Buffs have closed the gap much on a Pac-12 Conference that has dealt them 10 league losses in a row.
Next up were Billy Hunter for the Buffs and Don Gormley for Westfield.
The results mean the Buffs now lead by five points.
A THIS famous cry comes from when the 2nd Battalion, The Buffs, were stationed at Malta in 1858 and were quartered with the 21st Royal Fusiliers.
Sub Ivan Balianda netted for Cumnock in 47 minutes but Buffs defended defiantly to progress.
All Buffs are colorfast, dry in minutes, and retain their elasticity.
For sci-fi buffs, the golden age of science fiction was launched in the 1930s with future notions of orbiting nuclear reactors, interstellar travel and a future of personal helicopters and people movers made popular in science magazines.
But Geoghegan put Buffs ahead against the run of play in the 28th minute.
With four different menus to chose from including a bar menu, daytime restaurant, evening restaurant and a Sunday menu, diners are guaranteed a feast of choice, and with the recent introduction of one of Cardiff's most highly regarded chefs, Buffs is going from strength to strength.
The Buffs, short for the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, is a working class Protestant social club.
Finally, there is plenty of shop talk in his conversations to keep film students and film buffs interested.
For history buffs and war buffs, but short enough for the general listener.
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.