What Does BAFO Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

BAFO means "Best And Final Offer."

More Observations...

BAFO is typically used by buyers at the end of a bartering process to state that there is no more room for negotiation. For example:
  • Tony: I'll give you £300.
  • Jordan: It's £500.
  • Tony: £400 BAFO.
  • Jordan: No, sorry. It's £500.
BAFO is also commonly used in the tendering process when a client asks contractors or suppliers to resend their bids to reflect their "best and final offer." This often occurs when several bids are closely matched. For example:
  • Client: A number of bids are close. Please send you BAFO by 1600 hrs.

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When I write BAFO, I mean this:

meaning of BAFO

BAFO means the negotiating is over.

Summary of Key Points

"Best and Final offer" is, by far, the most common meaning for BAFO when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Best and Final offer
Type:Acronym and Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user


Examples of BAFO in Sentences

Here is an example of BAFO in conversation:
  • Tony: I really want that painting. How much shall I bid?
  • Jordan: Work out your BAFO and hope for the best.
  • Tony: Yeah, thanks for that!
  • Jordan: Happy to help. LOL.

An Academic Look at BAFO

BAFO is an acronym (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "my bottom line" instead of BAFO.

Example of BAFO Used in a Text

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