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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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Sitting behind home plate at Yankee Stadium for Game 1 of the 1998 World Series, the 16-year-old Gwynn took plenty of guff from Yankees fans. Tom Krasovic,, "Decade later, Gwynn has no regrets about tripling Pads' pain," 29 Sep. 2017 LaJoye also said that TSA — which got a lot of guff for extremely long backups at checkpoints two years ago — has added 620 officers since the first of the year and plans to hire an additional 1,000 before summer travel peaks in July. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Prepare for long lines and possible Memorial Day delays, especially at these airports," 23 May 2018 His wife, Hilary, had (quite reasonably) been giving him guff about that matter and finally had prevailed upon him to get some new ones. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "The remarkable Hilary Watson's inspiring battle against cancer | The Kansas City Star," 19 May 2018 America Chavez is crazy bulletproof, packs a punch that can literally shatter dimensional barriers, takes no guff from anybody and, like Black Panther, appeals to a broader audience than just superhero movie fans. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What's after 'Avengers 4'? Our superhero wish list for Marvel's next decade," 15 May 2018 The captain of the all-tough team for Boston is the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Rozier, who takes no guff from anybody, even somebody a foot taller. Marc Narducci,, "'They played better than us:' Celtics lose poise, and game, to Sixers," 9 May 2018 Father and son embraced, and Mike gave his dad some guff about not shaving, rubbing his knuckles against his dad’s white stubble. Nina Maclaughlin,, "A monument to hope by a man who never lost it," 8 May 2018 Earlier this month, the New York Times published an article on tipping, and the guff and garbage servers put up with in order to get their tips. Karla Peterson,, "Waitressing is having a #MeToo moment, but rewards are still on the menu," 19 Mar. 2018 Advertisers getting major guff from their customers don’t want to continue to take a hailstorm of criticism from those who don’t like anything but total loyalty toward the flag. Peter King,, "Finding an Anthem Protest Compromise at NFL Meetings Will Be Seminal Moment for Roger Goodell," 16 Oct. 2017

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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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The first known use of guff was in 1880

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English Language Learners Definition of guff

: foolish nonsense
chiefly US : annoying or playful criticism

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behavior toward others

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