Student or Learner
"At that point , a buffed-out skinhead banged a gavel on the podium."
1. Does 'at that point' mean 'at that time' or 'at that moment'?
2. What does 'buffed-out' mean? Is it common usage?
3. A skinhead doesn't mean a guy without hair (just short hair). correct?
Note: skinhead n. a young white person who has hair that is cut very short, especially one who behaves violently towards people of other races (Longman)
I haven't met 'buffed out' either, though I magine it might have something to do with 'in the buff' [=naked]. There are skinheads that go to football matches and display their 'hardness' by being inadequately clothed (bare torso on a cold wet November - Northern Hemisphere - night; that sort of thing).
(I'm not very confident about this speculation though; if he had a gavel - which implies a formal context [maybe a mock trial] - he'd have at least been wearing a shirt...wouldn't he? )
Last edited by BobK; 06-Jun-2008 at 12:23. Reason: Tweak format