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A term or phrase used to describe a situation when a referee throws a penalty flag in football, when there obviously should not be a penalty on the play.
Bob: "Wait, why did the ref call pass interference on that play? No one touched him."

Jim: "I know. That's unnecessary refness." The ref can't keep the flag to himself for more than a minute.
by Raul Chevere December 15, 2010