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in the buff

When you're in the buff, you're completely naked. Most people are in the buff when they take a shower.

In the buff is a way to say "not wearing any clothes," especially informally: "The toddler ran around the house in the buff, refusing to put his pants on." It comes from buff, which originally meant "buffalo or oxhide," and the term buff-coat, or leather tunic — before the seventeenth century, to be in the buff meant you were wearing such a coat. Later, the similarity of skin to the color of the leather changed the phrase's meaning to "naked."

Definitions of in the buff
  1. adjective
    (used informally) completely unclothed
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