verb (used with object)
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Idioms for cuff
- extemporaneously; on the spur of the moment: She made those comments off the cuff, and they came back to haunt her later.
- unofficially or informally: I'm telling you this strictly off the cuff.
- with the promise of future payment; on credit.
- without charge; with no payment expected: He enjoyed his meal the more because it was on the cuff.
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does cuff mean?
Cuff can refer to the ends of sleeves or rolled pants, handcuffs, or, in the world of modern love, the act of going steady with someone over the winter months.
Where does cuff come from?
The expression off-the-cuff emerged in the 1930s for speaking without having anything prepared beforehand (i.e., notes written on the cuffs of one’s sleeve, which was apparently a thing).
Cuffs has also been short for handcuffs since the 19th century and later lent itself to slang. In the 2010s, dating culture began to refer to getting cuffed and cuffing season. This is when someone shacks up with someone else during the fall and winter months—when no one wants to be alone over the holidays and wants to cuddle up with an S.O. in the cold. The metaphor is of handcuffing oneself to a partner (being exclusive) during these times as opposed to single in spring and summer. The term was popularized by rapper Fabolous’s 2013 song “Cuffin Season.”
How is cuff used in real life?
Cuff, of course, widely refers to the ends of sleeves or other parts of clothing (e.g., cuffed jeans). Off the cuff, for improvised or candid speaking, often appears in the expression off-the-cuff remarks or comments. Such words are often seen as trouble-making or hurtful due to their in-the-moment nature.
When talking about a relationship, you can use cuff in verb forms (to cuff someone or get cuffed) and in noun forms (cuffing season). Cuffing season is a popular topic in lifestyle publications each year when the leaves start changing color.
More examples of cuff:
“Spring is officially here, which means you can finally come out of hibernation and venture back out into the world. The question is, now that you can leave the house again, do you still need the person you cuffed up with during winter to ride (literally) out the spring with? After all, it’s tradition to un-cuff as soon as the weather permits, so there’s a good chance that when you first got together in chillier times, it was just a seasonal love affair.”
—Rachel Shatto, Elite Daily, March, 2018
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Example sentences from the Web for cuff
And, again, I now confess, I had an occasional Bourbon and stoogie on the cuff.
They create those blouses a lot of times, where they will add a bow or take fabric from another shirt to create the cuff.How Carrie Preston Became The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer|Kevin Fallon|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, Coakley spoke off the cuff and had no one else to blame.
If I could do that off the cuff I would be WAAY more fun at parties!‘She’s All That' 15th Anniversary: Cast and Crew Reminisce About the Making of the ‘90s Classic|Marlow Stern|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She escaped the seeming trap just like a wrist slipping from a cuff.In Months Before Wild Capitol Scene, Miriam Carey Battled Psychosis|Michael Daly|October 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
My body-guard performed prodigies on Thenod, the well-known root of the Cuff plant.
Patrick was drunk last night; but did not come to me, else I should have given him t'other cuff.The Journal to Stella|Jonathan Swift
Such an one might have spilt all the slush in the ship, without getting so much as a cuff.Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger|John Masefield
Putting out one claw she clutched his cuff in her hold like a parrot's."Persons Unknown"|Virginia Tracy
A Spanish grandee, as if come out from a page of Cervantes, is selling shoe laces and cuff buttons.Dust of New York|Konrad Bercovici
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Idioms and Phrases with cuff
see off the cuff; on the cuff.