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Meaning: doubtful; of uncertain quality or legality

For example:

  • We'd planned to release our new line of products in June, but it's looking a bit iffy now that we're having these production delays.

  • You've got to know a lot about gems before you start buying them. The quality of the stones you get in some of these places can be pretty iffy.

Quick Quiz:

The legal situation of foreigners who buy land in some Asian countries can be a bit iffy. If you're thinking of doing it, you
  1. need to be careful
  2. have nothing to worry about
  3. should forget about it altogether

Discuss: iffy

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