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 for biff
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  biff
      n 1: (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his
           nose" [syn: punch, clout, poke, lick, biff,
           slug]
      v 1: strike, usually with the fist; "The pedestrians pummeled
           the demonstrators" [syn: pummel, pommel, biff]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  72 Moby Thesaurus words for "biff":
     bang, bash, bat, beating, belt, blow, bonk, bop, catch, chop, clap,
     clip, clobber, clout, clump, coldcock, crack, cut, dash, deal,
     deal a blow, deck, dig, ding, dint, drub, drubbing, drumming,
     fetch, fetch a blow, fusillade, hit, hit a clip, jab, knock,
     knock cold, knock down, knock out, let have it, lick, nail, paste,
     pelt, plunk, poke, pound, punch, rap, slam, slog, slosh, slug,
     smack, smash, smite, snap, soak, sock, strike, strike at, stroke,
     swat, swing, swipe, tattoo, thump, thwack, wallop, whack, wham,
     whop, yerk
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  biff
   /bif/, vt.
  
      [now rare] To notify someone of incoming mail. From the BSD utility biff(1)
      , which was in turn named after a friendly dog who used to chase frisbees
      in the halls at UCB while 4.2BSD was in development. There was a legend
      that it had a habit of barking whenever the mailman came, but the author of
      biff says this is not true. No relation to B1FF.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  BIFF
  B1FF
  
     /bif/ (Or "B1FF", from Usenet) The most famous pseudo, and
     the prototypical newbie.  Articles from BIFF are
     characterised by all uppercase letters sprinkled liberally
     with bangs, typos, "cute" misspellings (EVRY BUDY LUVS GOOD
     OLD BIFF CUZ HE'S A K00L DOOD AN HE RITES REEL AWESUM THINGZ
     IN CAPITULL LETTRS LIKE THIS!!!), use (and often misuse) of
     fragments of chat abbreviations, a long sig block
     (sometimes even a doubled sig), and unbounded naivete.  BIFF
     posts articles using his elder brother's VIC-20.  BIFF's
     location is a mystery, as his articles appear to come from a
     variety of sites.  However, BITNET seems to be the most
     frequent origin.  The theory that BIFF is a denizen of BITNET
     is supported by BIFF's (unfortunately invalid) electronic
     mail address: .
  
     [1993: Now It Can Be Told!  My spies inform me that BIFF was
     originally created by Joe Talmadge , also the
     author of the infamous and much-plagiarised "Flamer's Bible".
     The BIFF filter he wrote was later passed to Richard Sexton,
     who posted BIFFisms much more widely.  Versions have since
     been posted for the amusement of the net at large. - ESR]
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1997-09-22)
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  biff
  
     /bif/ To notify someone of incoming mail.  From the BSD
     utility "biff(1)", which was in turn named after a friendly
     golden Labrador who used to chase frisbees in the halls at UCB
     while 4.2BSD was in development (it had a well-known habit
     of barking whenever the mailman came).  No relation to BIFF.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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