Roleset id: buff.01 , to polish or soften, Source: , vncls: , framnet: buff.01: BUFF-V NOTES: Frames file for 'buff' based on survey of sentences in the WSJ corpus. Verbnet entry 10.4.1.frame by Perryn (from buff.01-v predicate notes)
Arg0-PAG: polisher, agent (vnrole: 10.4.1-Agent)
Arg1-DIR: entity buffed (vnrole: 10.4.1-Source)
Nevertheless, the company said  [shipments]-1 were up slightly to 679,000 metric tons from 671,000, *trace*-1 buffing the impact of the unexpected earning decline.
Arg1: the impact of the unexpected earning decline