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|Origin:||buff 'to hit or be hit softly' (16-19 centuries), probably from the sound.|
someone or something that protects one thing or person from being harmed by another
Eastern Europe was important to Russia as a buffer against the West.
She often had to act as a buffer between father and son.
one of the two special metal springs on the front or back of a train or at the end of a railway track to take the shock if the train hits something
an area between two armies, which is intended to separate them so that they do not fight
a smaller country between two larger countries, which makes war between them less likely
a place in a computer's memory for storing information temporarily
an old man who is not good at managing things:
personBritish English old-fashioned
He's a nice old buffer.
something used to polish a surface
an activity or plan that hits the buffers is stopped and does not succeed