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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BRUFFLE, v. and n.

1. v. (See quot.)Dmf. 1825 Jam.2:
To bruffle and sweat, to moil and toil, to be turmoiled and overheated.
Dmf. 1912 J. Hyslop Echoes 308: 
His neighbours were still "bruffling" away at theirs [hay] up Balgray way.

2. n. A bungler; “one who works in a clumsy manner; a mere bruffle — one who makes a botch of a job” (Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 67). Cf. Broggle, n., 2.

[Cf. Cum. bruffle, to exert oneself violently, also Broofle and Brughle, and see etym. note to Bruff'd,ppl.adj.]

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