(Branch) Rickey selected Jackie because he knew he could withstand the guff.
Is there a sassy but kindly Black female lawmaker who lives next door the quartet, speaking sense to men and not taking no guff?
"empty talk, nonsense," 1888, from earlier sense of "puff of air" (1825), of imitative origin.
To lie; exaggerate; bullshit: Quit your guffing and tell it right
[perhaps fr Scots gaff, ''loud, rude, merry talk''; gaff in the first sense, now obsolete, is found by 1825]