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effing British English

Meaning: used as a less offensive substitute for the highly-offensive taboo word "fucking"

For example:

  • The guy looked up from his drink and said, "Mind your own effing business, will ya!"

  • The team's manager was angry and he yelled out "Stop effin' around and kick the effin' ball, will ya!"

Variety: This slang is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Someone who uses the word "effing" is trying to be
  1. not too offensive
  2. very offensive
  3. very polite

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