1. a male given name, form of Jeffrey.

verb (tr) Australian slang

  1. to downsize or close down (an organization)
  2. to reduce (staff numbers) or dismiss (an employee)
  3. to spoil or destroy ruthlessly

shortened or familiar form of masc. proper name Jeffrey; in early to mid-20c., sometimes used by U.S. blacks to indicate a Southern white hick, probably from Jeff Davis, president of the Confederate States of America.

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