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boff1  audio  (bf) KEY 

NOUN:
Slang
  1. A line in a play or film, for example, that elicits a big laugh: "He doesn't go for the big boffs, artificially inflated, but lets his comedy build through a leisurely accumulation of bizarre details" (Vincent Canby).
  2. A big laugh.
  3. A conspicuous success. Also called boffo, boffola.

ETYMOLOGY:
Probably from b(ox) off(ice)


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