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buf·fet 1

 (bə-fā′, bo͞o-)
1. A large sideboard with drawers and cupboards.
a. A counter or table from which meals or refreshments are served.
b. A restaurant having such a counter.
3. A meal at which guests serve themselves from various dishes displayed on a table or sideboard.
Informally served: a buffet luncheon.


buf·fet 2

A blow or cuff with or as if with the hand.
v. buf·fet·ed, buf·fet·ing, buf·fets
1. To hit or beat, especially repeatedly.
2. To strike against forcefully and especially repeatedly; batter: winds that buffeted the tent. See Synonyms at beat.
3. To cause repeated difficulty or harm to (a person or group): was buffeted about from job to job by the vagaries of the economy.
4. To force (one's way) with difficulty.
To force one's way with difficulty: a ship buffeting against the wind.

[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of buffe, blow.]

buf′fet·er n.
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Adj.1.buffeted - pounded or hit repeatedly by storms or adversities
troubled - characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need; "troubled areas"; "fell into a troubled sleep"; "a troubled expression"; "troubled teenagers"
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References in classic literature ?
But now that he was enveloped in the old calico robes which had grown yellow in the same service, he was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once--a parish child--the orphan of a workhouse--the humble, half-starved drudge--to be cuffed and buffeted through the world--despised by all, and pitied by none.
To her surprise she discovered that she could not even turn against the high wind, which rocked and buffeted the frail craft.
I am a stranger in a strange city and I am buffeted by the philistines.