Ordinary Pakistanis are struggling to hold themselves together, buffeted by inflation, energy shortages, and worry.
It has been subject to political sensitivities and soapbox rhetoric, buffeted by popular disbelief and official omertà.
The Czech government has been buffeted in recent months by a series of corruption scandals that have threatened to bring it down.
c.1200, "to strike with the fist or hand; cuff, box, slap; from Old French bufeter "to strike, slap, punch," from bufet (see buffet (n.2)). Related: Buffeted; buffeting.
"table," 1718, from French bufet "bench, stool, sideboard," 12c., of uncertain origin. Sense in English extended 1888 to "meal served from a buffet."
c.1200, "blow struck with a fist or weapon," from Old French bufet "slap, punch," diminutive of bufe "a blow, slap, punch; puff of wind," figuratively "cunning trick," probably echoic of the sound of something soft being hit.