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    what is a tiff?

    an English native speaker told me that a tiff is normally used as a quarrel between loverīs: "a loverīs tiff" and that he has never heard it in another context. Is this right? Or could I use it for any quarrel about petty things?

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    Re: what is a tiff?

    Hi pipelette,

    There are some definitions and examples which should give an answer your question.

    tiff = petty quarrel.

    A discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed: altercation, argument, bicker, clash, contention, controversy, debate, difficulty, disagreement, dispute, fight, polemic, quarrel, run-in, spat, squabble, word (used in plural), wrangle. Informal hassle, rhubarb, tangle. See conflict/cooperation.
    n. - Krach, Streit, schlechte Laune
    v. - streiten, schmollen

    tiff[IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/ADMINI%7E1/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/01/clip_image001.gif[/IMG] [countable]
    a slight argument between friends or people who are in love

    tiff with

    Dave's had a tiff with his girlfriend.

    tiff = a quarrel about petty points

    A pint on the table, a lovers tiff , a night out with the lads, a bittersweet marriage.
    It is, however, pro-Scottish and when the Labour Party has a tiff with its Unionist bed-fellows in the Tory Party it should not expect the SNP's…
    As Shaunagh continued to insist "it was just a tiff ", he refused to contemplate a reconciliation.
    He bought that because he once had a tiff with a BBC car park attendant who wouldn't let him in.



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    Smile Re: what is a tiff?

    Although more often than not (and as with all but one of the examples given), 'Tiff' relates to a quarrel between lovers/married couple/girl-boy buddies: for instance, I wouldn't choose to have a 'Tiff' with my mother.

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