/raf"euhr tee/, adj. Brit., Australian.
[1925-30; orig. in the phrase Rafferty('s) rules no rules at all; perh. identical with Brit. dial. raffatory, ref(f)atory, alters. of REFRACTORY]

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  • Rafferty — /ˈræfəti/ (say rafuhtee) noun Chips (John William Pilbean Goffage), 1909–71, Australian film actor and producer. Chips Rafferty was born in Broken Hill, NSW, as John Goffage. He worked in a variety of jobs, including as a drover and as a clown in …  

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  • Rafferty (comics) — Superherobox| caption= Cover to Firearm #16 Cover Art by Howard Chaykin comic color=background:crimson character name=Rafferty real name=Rafferty publisher=Malibu Comics debut= Firearm #12 creators=James Dale Robinson alliance… …   Wikipedia

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  • Rafferty's rules — /ˈræfətiz rulz / (say rafuhteez roohlz) plural noun no rules at all, as of a contest or organisation run in a slipshod fashion. Also, Rafferty rules. {British dialect rafferty; linked by association with the Irish surname Rafferty} …  

  • Rafferty's rules — [ rafətɪz] plural noun Austral./NZ informal no rules at all. Origin 1920s: Rafferty, prob. an Engl. dialect alt. of refractory …   English new terms dictionary

  • Rafferty's rules — UK [ˈræfə(r)tɪz ˌruːlz] / US [ˈræfərtɪz ˌrulz] noun [plural] Australian informal a complete lack of rules The company is run on Rafferty s rules …   English dictionary

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