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- The inedible parts of a grain-producing plant.
- To separate out the chaff, early cultures tossed baskets of grain into the air and let the wind blow away the lighter chaff.
- So take the corn and leave the chaff behind.
- Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle.
- By adding chaff to his corn, the horse must take more time to eat it. In this way chaff is very useful.
- (by extension) Any excess or unwanted material, resource, or person; anything worthless.
- There are plenty of good books on the subject, but take care to separate the wheat from the chaff.
- the chaff and ruin of the times
- Light jesting talk; banter; raillery.
- (military) Loose material, e.g. small strips of aluminum foil dropped from aircraft, intended to interfere with radar detection.
- Synonym: window
inedible parts of grain plant
excess or unwanted material
straw or hay cut up for cattle food
- (intransitive) To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter.
- (transitive) To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.
to use idle language to ridicule
to make fun of
- Alternative form of