Variant of riff
- a constantly repeated musical phrase used esp. as background for a soloist or as the basic theme of a final chorus: a term that originated in jazz music
- Informal a short, incisive comment, passage, or scene, often one of several functioning as variations on a theme, in a speech, novel, film, etc.
Origin: prob. altered < refrain
- to play a riff: a term that originated in jazz music
- Informal to make use of a riff or riffs
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