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ref

noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Juwan Howard is fined for signaling his degree of respect for the refs, on a scale of 1 to 10.
▪ Omonia supporters chased the ref off the pitch, then tore down the steel dressing-room doors.
▪ The ref was full of Christmas spirit and United's top scorer was dancing with delight.
▪ The slightest contact draws a whistle, usually from the ref with the worst view.
▪ To apply, send your c.v., quoting ref.
▪ Yelling at refs is a big step forward.
Wiktionary

ref

abbr. 1 reference 2 refectory n. Short form of referee. vb. (context informal English) to referee; to act as a referee in a sport or game.

WordNet

ref

n. (sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play [syn: referee]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

ref

1899 (n.), 1929 (v.); short for referee. Related: Reffed; reffing.

Wikipedia

REF

REF or Ref may refer to:

Usage examples of "ref".

You are hereby advised that the Tokan ursinoids, as originally reported in Ref.

Plasma sail -- I checked the ref, found screeds about the system, a vast electromagnetic field enclosing a spheroid of ionized gas that interacted with the solar photon flux like a lightsail.

The center judge and the four corner refs called breaks whenever a competitor drew breath.

At the moment, Ned Gage was out on the floor, sorting refs and competitors for more events.

Plasma sail -- I checked the ref, found screeds about the system, a vast electromagnetic field enclosing a spheroid of ionized gas that interacted with the solar photon flux like a lightsail.

Except, the ref, he's clocked how desperate they're gettin' an' he's giem' them fuck-all, right?

Playing Johnny Appleseed on New Praxis with the Flowers of Life, conjuring Protoculture from them, fabricating the matrix Lang and the REF command worshiped like some sacrosanct icon.

Trouble is, that stupit cunt Billy's only gone an' won us a corner, so we re aw up the other end when the ref blaws the final whistle.

If she was entitled to a final request, it would be that Estelle be roused and forced to listen to all the details—players, plays, good calls, bad calls, blind refs, technical fouls, intentional fouls, free throws, field goals, defense, offense—all of it.

The ref shows him four fingers and asks him how many and Thomas must have said there were four, to prove he wasn't concussed.

God, look at his nose, ohmigosh, the refs are going to have trouble breaking that one up.

Under REF supervision, the clones and indigs had irrigated and terraformed the city's once-denuded outskirts, and while a Rome-analogue look had been preserved in places, reconfigurable stadiums and ultratech high rises dominated the skyline.

Moreover, the viragos of the elite powered armor units in effect fought exclusively in what the REF would term Battloid mode.