In the buff



adjective phrase

Naked; bare-ass, buck naked, in the altogether: There we stood, in the buff and abysmally embarrassed

[1960s+; in buff, ”in the bare skin,” is found by 1602]
see: in the altogether

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    Regarding, in the matter of, in that instance. For example, In the case of James, they decided to promote him to the next grade. [ Late 1300s ] Also see: in case, def. 2.

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    adverb phrase At the moment when heroic performance under pressure is needed: He’s a good one to have around in the clutch [1920s+; probably a baseball term originally]

  • In the cold light of day

    Dispassionately, unemotionally, especially at a later time. For example, They had a terrible fight about the mix-up, but in the cold light of day they realized they were both at fault. This expression transfers the illumination of daylight to rational understanding and uses cold to emphasize the lack of passion.



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