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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).

BEFF, BAIF, n.1 [bɛf Abd.; bèf Bch.]

1. A stroke or blow.Abd. [1768] J. Beattie Address v. in A. Ross Helenore (1778) p. vi.:
Ye've set auld Scota on her legs, Lang had she lyen, with beffs and flegs Bumbaz'd and dizzie.
Bch. 1928 (per Abd.15):
Ye cud 'a h'ard tha baifs o't.

2. A swelling, the result of a blow.Abd.7 1925:
Beff, a word denoting a swelling, as a beff on the cheek when the face is swollen.

[This is prob. a variant of Baff, n.2, q.v., but it may have been derived from or influenced by Beff,v.]

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