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Definition of guff

2 : verbal abuse doesn't take any guff

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Examples of guff in a Sentence

His latest book has a lot of guff about conspiracies of one kind or another. His friends have given him a lot of guff about his hair. She doesn't take guff from anybody.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Golden Globes rightfully takes a lot of guff for being so starstruck and so susceptible to fancy campaign tactics. Joe Reid, Vulture, "The Golden Globe–Nominated Movie Performances That Oscar Ignored, Ranked," 22 Feb. 2021 Oil is not a hazardous material, but some post offices might give you guff about sending it. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "For Motor Oil, How Old Is Too Old?," 14 June 2020 One outlier: the vampire-hunting physician Van Helsing, a woman who takes no guff from anyone and taps Mina as a kindred spirit. New York Times, "In a Battle for Female Personhood, These Plays Are on the Front Lines," 27 Feb. 2020 Bailey has a reputation as someone who doesn’t take a lot of guff. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "High school stands behind ‘Bulldog’ security guard as she copes with breast cancer," 31 Oct. 2019 Musgraves abided no guff, especially from folks who advised her against speaking her mind counter to the more rigid, traditional country music worldview. Allison Glock, Marie Claire, "Kacey Musgraves Doesn't Want Your Permission," 11 Sep. 2019 Touch points: Yet more boardroom guff which creeps into media interviews. Suresh Rangarajan, Quartz India, "It’s 2019 and Indian businesses need to retire these clichéd phrases," 31 July 2019 There's been an absolute guff load of transfer rumours doing the rounds recently, and a large chunk of them seem to be about two blossoming West Ham stars., "Fornals Stunner, Kabak Bid Made & Hernandez Exit Talk: West Ham News Roundup," 20 June 2019 Notwithstanding the guff, the commercial potential is indeed significant—as are the potential problems. The Economist, "Facebook wants to create a worldwide digital currency," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of guff

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guff

probably imitative

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27 Feb 2021

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“Guff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guff

: foolish nonsense
chiefly US : annoying or playful criticism

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