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buffet


To buffet people or things is to punch or hit them again and again, or trouble them again and again.

Pronunciation:
BUFF et.
(Don't pronounce it "buff FAY.")

Part of speech:
Verb,
the transitive kind:
"winds buffeted the boat," "problems buffeted the nation."

Other forms:
Buffeted, buffeting.
("Buffet" is also a noun meaning "a blow, a punch, a beating,"
so you can talk about a buffet or multiple buffets.)

How to use it:
This word has a negative tone. Usually we talk about some ongoing problem, issue, tension, or natural force (like wind or waves) that's buffeting someone or something.

And we often use the passive voice to focus on who or what is being buffeted: hair buffeted by the wind, publishers buffeted by criticism, lawmakers buffeted by their constituents' demands, companies buffeted by higher costs, the American dollar buffeted by political turmoil, etc.

Finally, because it's winds and waves that physically buffet things, we use those things as metaphors: "a relationship buffeted by waves of distrust," "an investigation buffeted by winds of public criticism."

examples:
Women remain buffeted by society's contradictory demands. Put effort into your appearance, but make it look effortless. Give 100% at work, but put your family first.


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