buf·fet 2 (bŭfĭt)
A blow or cuff with or as if with the hand.
v. buf·fet·ed, buf·fet·ing, buf·fets
1. To hit or beat, especially repeatedly.
2. To strike against forcefully and especially repeatedly; batter: winds that buffeted the tent. See Synonyms at beat.
3. To cause repeated difficulty or harm to (a person or group): was buffeted about from job to job by the vagaries of the economy.
4. To force (one's way) with difficulty.
To force one's way with difficulty: a ship buffeting against the wind.
[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of buffe, blow.]
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