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Scuff  v. t.  (past & past part. scuffed; pres. part. scuffing)  
To cause a blemish on the surface of, by scraping against an object; as, he scuffed his shoe on the ground.
To scrape with one's foot; as, he scuffed the chair leg with his shoe.

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"Scuff" Quotes from Famous Books

... the young fellows are in thar now," he remarked offhand, "an' I've jest had to go in an' git between Fred Turner an' Will Fletcher. They came to out an' out blows, an' I had to shake 'em both by the scuff of thar necks befo' ...
— The Deliverance; A Romance of the Virginia Tobacco Fields • Ellen Glasgow

... cobbler, was paper-white above his smoky beard; Di Marco's swarthy face was green, like that of a corpse; his companions were frozen in various attitudes of eager, dreadful waiting. The only sound through the scuff and tramp of the jurors' feet was Normando's lunatic murmuring. As for the leader of the band, he sat as if graven in stone; but, despite his iron control, a pallor had ...
— The Net • Rex Beach

... have given me a beating. People do things in hot blood they wish they hadn't afterward. I know this Oakville rough-scuff. Since we've had it out, and they know what to expect, they'll give me a wide berth. Now go and sleep. You were never safer ...
— He Fell in Love with His Wife • Edward P. Roe

... I don't make thim junketers think they're in the scuff iv a cyclone whin I get thim on the crooks beyant Dolores ye can gimme time, Misther M'Tosh. Where do I get shut ...
— The Grafters • Francis Lynde

... a'tween two fires; so I can't say what would be square policy in affairs of state. One has feelins different on these things: I depends a deal on what our big folks say in the way of setting examples. And, too, what can you expect when this sort a ruff-scuff forms the means of raising their political positions; but, they are customers of mine,—have made my success in tavern-keeping!" he concludes, ...
— Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter • F. Colburn Adams

... quarryin'. So I put it to a lot of fellers where they got their buildin' m'ter'ls. Wal, after figurin' round a spell, 'n' makin' signs by the schuner load, found out the hull thing. Every stun in this place was whittled out 'f the ruff-scuff at the bottom of the mounting, 'n' fetched up here in blankets on men's shoulders. All the mud, too, to make their bricks, was backed up in the same way. Feller off with his blanket 'n' showed me how they did it. Beats all. ...
— Overland • John William De Forest

... galoshes, we might have complied with etiquette by removing them, I suppose, and could have entered in our shoes. At least, the Russian policeman said so, and that is very nearly what the Tatars did. They kicked off the stiff leather slippers in which they scuff about, and entered in their tall boots, with the inset of frosted green pebbled horsehide in the heel, and soft soles, like socks. As it was, we did not care to try the experiment of removing our shoes, and so we were obliged to stand in ...
— Russian Rambles • Isabel F. Hapgood

Words linked to "Scuff" :   wear, kick, scuffer, shuffle, scrape, wear thin, wear off, wear out, carpet slipper, scratch up, mule, wear down, wipe, drag, slipper, shamble, scuffle

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