Ruff

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Ruff (clothing)

Ruffs were a big part of Elizabethan fashion. A ruff is basically a large, circular set of frills worn around the neck.

Rowan Atkinson (as Black Adder) described Percy as looking like "a bird that had swallowed a plate" when he made an appearance in an extra wide ruff.

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Ruff (game)

Ruff is a period card game for two pairs involving tricks, that resembles whist. Each player is dealt seven cards. The top card of the remaining three defines what suit is trumps. Whoever has the highest card in trumps picks up the three cards and discards any three, face down. Then play for ordinary tricks. There is no bidding and no wildcards. Stormholders like to play ruff!!! (needs the rules to be finished)

Ruff (birds)

An eagle's ruff are the lengthened feathers that stand out on its neck. This is one way to discriminate between eagles and falcons in heraldry. Also, in falconry a bird is "ruffing" if it strikes its prey but does not seize and immobilise it.