It remained on the muff several hours, and then flew to the window, and alighted on the curtain.
I asked if the muff, as well as the glove, had been searched carefully.
Mrs Swann was about to invade her courtly and luxurious house, uninvited, unauthorized, with a couple of hot potatoes in her muff.
I also told Aunt Belle to see about relining my mink cape and muff.
The lady finally rescued him, but not until she had torn away half the lining from her muff.
"You are no better than a muff," said Pike, and it was not in my power to deny it.
She tossed her muff on the divan and made a laughing face at her disturbed small sister.
She withdrew her right hand from her muff and Foyle struck quickly at her wrist.
Rosamund just recognized them gravely; then she knelt down and prayed earnestly, with her face hidden against her muff.
She moved towards the door of the cottage, taking a key from her muff.
"warm covering for the hands," 1590s, from Dutch mof "a muff," shortened from Middle Dutch moffel "mitten, muff," from Middle French moufle "mitten," from Old French mofle "thick glove, large mitten, handcuffs" (9c.), from Medieval Latin muffula "a muff," of unknown origin. In 17c.-18c. also worn by men. Meaning "vulva and pubic hair" is from 1690s; muff-diver "one who performs cunnilingus" is from 1935.
"to bungle," 1827, pugilism slang, probably related to muff (n.) "awkward person" (1837), perhaps from muff (n.) on notion of someone clumsy because his hands are in a muff. Related: Muffed; muffing.
To fail; botch, esp by clumsiness •The older example refers to playing cricket: This is a ripe one. Don't muff it, Billy (1837+)
[verb sense fr the clumsiness of someone wearing a muff on the hands]