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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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I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces.
When you're a Jet/You're a Jet all the way/From your first cigarette/To your last dyin' day," sing Riff and the gang, a sentiment that proves to be more accurate than Riff might realize.
Last year a poll found that 1968 track Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix was the greatest all-time riff.
The Guns'n'Roses pop rock anthem Sweet Child O' Mine has the greatest guitar riff of all time, according to music fans.
Ellen DeGeneres: Offered a pointedly pointless riff on spices, while introducing the Emmy for variety programming.
She often blends surrealistic imagery with rhythms that riff on-that is, revise-the black sermon form.
GUNS N' Roses guitarist Slash's riff on Sweet Child O' Mine has been hailed the greatest ever.
Their confidence showed, with Dan Auerbach (vocals and guitar) and Patrick Carney (drums) providing a show filled with strutting riffs and assured musicianship.
Opener Unrest set the tone, mixing high-speed riffs with slow, grinding sections to great effect.
Conversational Riffs suggests that we have really bad conflict skills and that basically any argument, be it one in EastEnders, BBC's Question Time, or in our own lives tends to go through a pattern where everything can be thin-sliced into an attack, a defensive comment, or "riff" as I call it, or a counter-attack.
But something more needs to be said of this iconic performer, whose distinctive blues guitar riffs brought some of the Stones' most enduring songs to life, including "Heartbreaker," "Honky Tonk Women" and "Brown Sugar.
Haunts' music has been described as "an amazing mixture of sleazy riffs, clever rhythms and lyrics akin to a film noir interpretation of Blade Runner.
The debut album ranges from the unashamed ZZ Top boogie of Leda Atomica and The Fool And You to the Sabbath-style crushing riffs of Sapphire and Cold Killer.
At one point we started listening to a tape from our original Bonaroo show and picked a couple riffs from that.