Definition of toffee in English:

toffee

Line breaks: tof¦fee
Pronunciation: /ˈtɒfi
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1A kind of firm or hard sweet which softens when sucked or chewed, made by boiling together sugar and butter, often with other ingredients or flavourings added: a pound of walnut toffee
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    • Generations of Scots have been weaned on the snack, which is actually a stack of wafers sandwiched together with toffee and coated in chocolate.
    • My one true passion at the time was to devour anything with abnormally large amounts of sugar, chocolate or toffee.
    • Refrigerate until the toffee is firm, about one hour.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A small shaped piece of toffee.
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    • You can find it in sodas, candies, toffees, even ice cream and chewing gum, but don't expect to get much of a dose.
    • Following recent takeovers, it has now extended its range to include wine gums, fruit pastilles, jelly beans and traditional boiled sweets, toffees and fudge.
    • She leads me into Chinese sweet shops where, alongside usual offerings of chocolates and toffees, there are buckets of candied dried shrimps and sugared squid.
  • 2British informal , • dated Nonsense; rubbish: his wife swallowed this load of old toffee
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    • There's a lot of old toffee written and spoken about their almost torturous recording process, their suffering for their art and their shared obsession with getting everything aurally just so.

Phrases

not be able to do something for toffee

British informal Be totally incompetent at doing something: Jill said I couldn’t sing for toffee

Origin

early 19th century: alteration of taffy.

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