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 for buffet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Buffet \Buf*fet"\ (b[oo^]f*f[=a]"), n. [F. buffet, LL. bufetum;
     of uncertain origin; perh. fr. the same source as E. buffet a
     blow, the root meaning to puff, hence (cf. puffed up) the
     idea of ostentation or display.]
     1. A cupboard or set of shelves, either movable or fixed at
        one side of a room, for the display of plate, china, etc.,
        a sideboard.
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              Not when a gilt buffet's reflected pride
              Turns you from sound philosophy aside. --Pope.
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     2. A counter for food or refreshments.
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     3. Hence: A restaurant containing such a counter, as at a
        railroad station, or place of public gathering.
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     4. A meal set out on a buffet[2], arranged so that guests may
        serve themselves and choose those items that they desire;
        as, a buffet dinner. Diners usually take a plate provided
        and move in a line past the items on the buffet[2],
        placing those items they desire on the plate, to be eaten
        at some convenient place.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Buffet \Buf"fet\ (b[u^]f"f[e^]t), n. [OE. buffet, boffet, OF.
     buffet a slap in the face, a pair of bellows, fr. buffe blow,
     cf. F. bouffer to blow, puff; prob. akin to E. puff. For the
     meaning slap, blow, cf. F. soufflet a slap, souffler to blow.
     See Puff, v. i., and cf. Buffet sidebroad, Buffoon]
     1. A blow with the hand; a slap on the face; a cuff.
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              When on his cheek a buffet fell.      --Sir W.
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     2. A blow from any source, or that which affects like a blow,
        as the violence of winds or waves; a stroke; an adverse
        action; an affliction; a trial; adversity.
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              Those planks of tough and hardy oak that used for
              yeas to brave the buffets of the Bay of Biscay.
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              Fortune's buffets and rewards.        --Shak.
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     3. A small stool; a stool for a buffet or counter.
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              Go fetch us a light buffet.           --Townely
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Buffet \Buf"fet\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Buffeted; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Buffeting.] [OE. buffeten, OF. buffeter. See the
     preceding noun.]
     1. To strike with the hand or fist; to box; to beat; to cuff;
        to slap.
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              They spit in his face and buffeted him. --Matt.
                                                    xxvi. 67.
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     2. To affect as with blows; to strike repeatedly; to strive
        with or contend against; as, to buffet the billows.
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              The sudden hurricane in thunder roars,
              Buffets the bark, and whirls it from the shores.
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              You are lucky fellows who can live in a dreamland of
              your own, instead of being buffeted about the world.
                                                    --W. Black.
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     3. [Cf. Buffer.] To deaden the sound of (bells) by muffling
        the clapper.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Buffet \Buf"fet\, v. i.
     1. To exercise or play at boxing; to strike; to smite; to
        strive; to contend.
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              If I might buffet for my love, or bound my horse for
              her favors, I could lay on like a butcher. --Shak.
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     2. To make one's way by blows or struggling.
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              Strove to buffet to land in vain.     --Tennyson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining
           room; has shelves and drawers [syn: buffet, counter,
      2: a meal set out on a buffet at which guests help themselves
      3: usually inexpensive bar [syn: snack bar, snack counter,
      v 1: strike against forcefully; "Winds buffeted the tent" [syn:
           buffet, knock about, batter]
      2: strike, beat repeatedly; "The wind buffeted him" [syn:
         buffet, buff]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  222 Moby Thesaurus words for "buffet":
     abuse, agonize, ambo, antagonize, automat, bafflement, balk, bang,
     bar, bash, baste, bastinado, batter, battle, beanery, beat,
     beat against, beat up against, belabor, belt, bench, betrayed hope,
     birch, bistro, blasted expectation, blighted hope, blip, blow,
     board, box, box the ears, breast the wave, bruise, buck,
     buffet the waves, bung, bung up, buvette, cafe, cafeteria, cane,
     canteen, cantina, chop, chophouse, chuck wagon, close with, clout,
     club, coffee shop, coffeehouse, coffeeroom, combat, comedown,
     compete with, contend, contend against, contest, contuse,
     cookhouse, cookshack, cookshop, counter, cowhide,
     cruel disappointment, cudgel, cuff, cut, dash, dashed hope, defeat,
     desk, diner, dining hall, dining room, disappointment,
     discomfiture, disillusionment, dissatisfaction, do violence to,
     do wrong by, do wrong to, dog wagon, drive-in, drive-in restaurant,
     drub, eatery, eating house, escritoire, failure,
     fallen countenance, fast-food chain, fiasco, fight, fight against,
     fizzle, flagellate, flail, flap, flog, foiling, forlorn hope,
     frustration, fustigate, give a whipping, give the stick,
     grapple with, grill, grillroom, grunt and sweat, hamburger stand,
     hammer, hash house, hashery, hassle, hope deferred, horsewhip,
     hot-dog stand, huff and puff, ill-treat, ill-use, injure,
     join battle with, kitchen, knock, knock about, knout,
     labor against, lace, lambaste, larrup, lash, lay on, lectern,
     letdown, lunch counter, lunch wagon, luncheonette, lunchroom,
     maltreat, manhandle, maul, mess hall, militate against, mirage,
     mishandle, mistreat, molest, offer resistance, outrage, paste,
     patter, pelt, pistol-whip, pizzeria, poke, pommel, pound,
     pulverize, pummel, punch, quick-lunch counter, rap, rawhide,
     reluct, reluctate, restaurant, rival, rough, rough up,
     sandwich shop, savage, scourge, scuffle, secretaire, secretary,
     setback, slap, slap the face, sledgehammer, smack, smite,
     smorgasbord, snack bar, sock, sore disappointment, spank, stand,
     stem the tide, strap, strike, stripe, strive, strive against,
     struggle, struggle against, swinge, switch, table, take on,
     tantalization, tavern, tearoom, tease, thrash, thresh, thump,
     token punishment, trattoria, trounce, truncheon, tussle, vie with,
     wallop, whack, whale, whip, whomp, whop, workbench, wrestle,
     writing table

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