So soon-to-be-Spiderman Andrew Garfield should get the prize for his powerful performance as biff in Death of a Salesman.
[Laughs] I had auditioned for biff, and everyone they liked as a runner-up became [his goon squad].
The play also stars Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, Spiderman) as his son biff.
Any old time she wants anybody strangled or stabbed and you aint handy, she can call on your friend biff.
After that biff on the coco I only wanted some place to crawl into.
biff Perkins an' his gang o' gorillers is out thar somewhar, not fur off, huntin' a chance fur deviltry.
A second later biff had grappled him, and together they went to the floor.
But honestly, biff, did you ever see me go into a game where I was a loser in the end?
biff Bates laughed as he clambered into the tonneau with Bobby.
He soon learned what a “punch below the belt” meant, and a “biff in the eye” and several other fighting terms.
"to hit," 1877, imitative (as a sound effect, from 1847). Related: Biffed; biffing. As a noun, attested from 1881.
/bif/ (Or "B1FF", from Usenet) The most famous pseudo, and the prototypical newbie. Articles from BIFF are characterised by all uppercase letters sprinkled liberally with bangs, typos, "cute" misspellings (EVRY BUDY LUVS GOOD OLD BIFF CUZ HE'S A K00L DOOD AN HE RITES REEL AWESUM THINGZ IN CAPITULL LETTRS LIKE THIS!!!), use (and often misuse) of fragments of chat abbreviations, a long sig block (sometimes even a doubled sig), and unbounded naivete. BIFF posts articles using his elder brother's VIC-20. BIFF's location is a mystery, as his articles appear to come from a variety of sites. However, BITNET seems to be the most frequent origin. The theory that BIFF is a denizen of BITNET is supported by BIFF's (unfortunately invalid) electronic mail address:
[1993: Now It Can Be Told! My spies inform me that BIFF was originally created by Joe Talmadge
/bif/ To notify someone of incoming mail. From the BSD utility "biff(1)", which was in turn named after a friendly golden Labrador who used to chase frisbees in the halls at UCB while 4.2BSD was in development (it had a well-known habit of barking whenever the mailman came). No relation to BIFF.