1. counterfeit money, smuggled goods.
|View of Society II 158: Sham Leggers. The Duff. Whispering Dudders. These are divided into several classes: some travel on horseback, and some on foot; some with carts and waggons, &c. They frequent the out-skirts of cities, large towns, markets, villages, and fairs. The goods they have for sale are damaged, which they get from on board ships or out of large manufactories; but tho’ damaged, they are generally of the newest fashions and neatest patterns. [...] They endeavour to make you believe that the goods they sell are smuggled, tho’ they were really manufactured in Spitalfields.|
|Treasure Island 92: Here’s to ourselves, and hold your luff, plenty of prizes and plenty of duff.|
|DA].Love and Lockjaw 7: Lucky my money won’t do him any good. It is duff that I carry for a hold-up [|
|Bluefield Daily Tel. (WV) 11 Mar. 4/2: In addition [...] the following [names for money] are given: Soap, Long Green, Stuff, Duff, [...] Wampum.|
2. (UK Und.) constr. with the, the passing off of false jewellery.
|implied in at the duff|
3. a fake.
|Penny Showman 6: Be that as it may, it was a good duff (fake).|
4. (UK prison) tobacco that is contraband.
|Tramp at Anchor 176: He snooks a balmy Judas, and sees him coppa duff.|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Duff. Tobacco (Vic).|
(Aus. Und.) dealing in counterfeit jewellery.
|‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ in Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 502: The following people used to go in there [i.e. an underworld public house] — toy-getters (watch-stealers), [...] men at the duff (passing false jewellery), welshers (turf-swindlers), and skittle sharps.|
|F&H].in Cassell’s Sat. Journal 31 Mar. 7: The man at the duff palms off false jewellery as real [|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 69: Men at the duff – passers of false jewellry.|