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: a referee in a game or sport


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Examples of ref in a Sentence

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Zaman clearly had a love for Patek Philippe Nautilus models—a gold Nautilus ref. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2023 Then on March 6 (not the 26th, so the refs can put away the whistles), the Wings visit the Avalanche in the second game of a TNT doubleheader, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 30 Aug. 2023 And if the ref don’t call a foul and you get hurt, that’s your problem. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 19 Aug. 2023 Produced for six years in six different dial variations, the ref. Oren Hartov, Robb Report, 5 July 2023 Driver, who plays Enzo Ferrari in the film, sported a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, ref. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2023 Jaylen Brown has 13, and Jayson Tatum has 7. KT: The refs aren’t causing the Celtics to go 4 for 20 from 3. Chad Finn,, 30 May 2023 There are also several interesting lots from Patek Philippe, ranging from a Perpetual Calendar Chronograph first-series ref. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 22 Sep. 2023 The refs, however, must have seen something different and ruled Ward's progress stopped at the 1-yard line. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 10 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ref was in 1890

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“Ref.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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