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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 is the Senator's delirious, silent riffing, if you will, or variation, I assume, on "Blessed be the ties that bind.
The moral center: a suite of images featuring a '64 Renault (with California plates) tumped on its side, the light just catching the smeared fingerprints on its steel body, a make-do barricade riffing on French uprisings more than two decades removed (and obliquely bowing to Rouch's 1961 Chronicle of a Summer).
And then, he turned the whole thing into a joke, riffing on U2's Bono, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
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In his immensely likable, stealthily intelligent new revue ``Dress to Kill,'' Izzard taps a deep vein of Python-esque humor while riffing on every known subject from squirrels' secret anxieties, Easter candy and Charlton Heston, to Steve McQueen's coolness in ``The Great Escape,'' Bill Clinton's sexcapades, Stalin and Pol Pot's crimes against humanity, the reason why all the disciples sat on one side of the table at the Last Supper, and what Neil Armstrong really said when he first stepped on the moon.
Even Bernhard's recent and much publicized course of cabalistic study is of a piece with a trajectory that began with her riffing on the semimystical byways of our collective arcana.
A few of the big guns come through: Dave Matthews tosses in some snaky riffing that puts ``Help Myself'' over the top, old spooky standbys Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have murderous fun with ``Red Right Hand,'' and the Eels' ``Your Lucky Day in Hell'' is a strong piece of seeping melancholy.