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verb as in leaf

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The signature “Christmapolitan,” a holiday-themed riff on the Cosmopolitan with cinnamon and spiced cranberry sauce, will be back as well.

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We got slightly overexcited about the design here without thinking about how clunky it might be to take out, so definitely riff on our idea.

Video games such as “Gran Turismo 4” and “Guitar Hero” have used his riffs.

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He was a classically trained pianist who also created some of the most distinctive guitar riffs in rock history.

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The result was this 160-word riff, the sort of thing that will end up in history books as a marker of why the United States found itself in its current position.

The pair riff on pink slime, the New World Order, and even the War on Christmas™.

Not that the Shakespearean riff on/rip off is limited to novels.

The crowd was there to listen to Chappelle riff on everything from the Wu-Tang Clan to Barack Obama to gay rights.

He continued to sing, but now we were "playing" the guitar riff with our voices.

Remember the Woody Allen riff about “what terrible food, and such small portions” at a Catskill Resort?

These are the poorer class of models—the riff-raff of the Quarter—who get anywhere from a few sous to a few francs for a séance.

Riff is only a few miles from Kesgrave Church, where you can still see the tombstone of the gipsy queen in the churchyard.

The father of one of the oldest inhabitants of Riff witnessed the immense concourse of gipsies who attended the funeral.

The floating riff-raff had passed away, leaving a solid, intelligent population of sixteen hundred.

The punishment inflicted on the Riff pirates was soon forgotten, and they continued their depredations on British commerce.


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On this page you'll find 111 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to riff, such as: action, case, plight, position, quality, and situation.

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