raff


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raff

(ræf)
n
1. rubbish; refuse
2. rabble or riffraff
[C14: perhaps from Old French rafle a snatching up; compare raffle, riffraff]

raff

(ræf)

n.
riffraff; rabble.
[1665–75; extracted from riffraff]

Raff

 a promiscuous pile; a jumble; a rabble. See also mob, riff-raff.
Examples: raff of errors, 1677; of fellows, 1826; the raff or refuse of the river, 1838.
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So I says, a raff is what I's arter; it doan' MAKE no track.
I see a light a-comin' roun' de p'int bymeby, so I wade' in en shove' a log ahead o' me en swum more'n half way acrost de river, en got in 'mongst de drift- wood, en kep' my head down low, en kinder swum agin de current tell de raff come along.
I went into de woods en jedged I wouldn' fool wid raffs no mo', long as dey move de lantern roun' so.
The elder one, Morgan, was a huge man, bronzed and moustached, with a deep bass voice and an almost guttural speech, and the other, Raff, was slight and effeminate, with nervous hands and watery, washed-out gray eyes, who spoke with a faint indefinable accent that was hauntingly reminiscent of the Cockney, and that was yet not Cockney of any brand she had ever encountered.
Whatever Morgan and Raff are willing to pay for it.
First she played only for a little, then for five-franc pieces, then for Napoleons, then for notes: then she would not be able to pay her month's pension: then she borrowed from the young gentlemen: then she got into cash again and bullied Madame de Borodino, whom she had coaxed and wheedled before: then she was playing for ten sous at a time, and in a dire state of poverty: then her quarter's allowance would come in, and she would pay off Madame de Borodino's score and would once more take the cards against Monsieur de Rossignol, or the Chevalier de Raff.
Jostling with unemployed labourers of the lowest class, ballast-heavers, coal-whippers, brazen women, ragged children, and the raff and refuse of the river, he makes his way with difficulty along, assailed by offensive sights and smells from the narrow alleys which branch off on the right and left, and deafened by the clash of ponderous waggons that bear great piles of merchandise from the stacks of warehouses that rise from every corner.
In front of the MIPTV audience, Gordon and Raff will reveal the creative process behind the critically-acclaimed and ratings winning dramas, from conception to screen.
Raff, Foundem's co-founder and chief executive, said that Google was facing a 'tsunami of follow-on litigation that would surely follow an infringement decision,' the Telegraph reports.
Raff has been chairman of the bank since April 1995.
Using cells grown on the surface ofthe iris in rats, as well as on the membranes of chick embryos, Janzer and Raff found that the "tissue lumps" formed by astrocytes -- which after several days were ingrown with blood vessels made up of endothelial cells -- did not absorb blue dye injected into the animals' circulatory systems.
Raff is replacing Craig Bondy, a principal of GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC who has served on the VeriFone board since 2002.