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cuff

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[ kuhf ]
/ kʌf /
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noun
verb (used with object)
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Idioms about cuff

    off the cuff, Informal.
    1. extemporaneously; on the spur of the moment: She made those comments off the cuff, and they came back to haunt her later.
    2. unofficially or informally: I'm telling you this strictly off the cuff.
    on the cuff, Slang.
    1. with the promise of future payment; on credit.
    2. without charge; with no payment expected: He enjoyed his meal the more because it was on the cuff.

Origin of cuff

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English cuffe “mitten”; perhaps akin to Old English cuffie “cap,” from Medieval Latin cuphia; see origin at coif2

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cuff

cough, cuff , koph

Other definitions for cuff (2 of 2)

cuff2
[ kuhf ]
/ kʌf /

verb (used with object)
to strike with the open hand; beat; buffet.
noun
a blow with the fist or the open hand; buffet.

Origin of cuff

2
First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain; perhaps from a Scandinavian language; compare Norwegian, Swedish dialect kuffa “to push, shove”; also German cant kuffen “to thrash”
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British Dictionary definitions for cuff (1 of 2)

cuff1
/ (kʌf) /

noun
the part of a sleeve nearest the hand, sometimes turned back and decorative
the part of a gauntlet or glove that extends past the wrist
US, Canadian and Australian the turned-up fold at the bottom of some trouser legsAlso called (in eg Britain): turn-up
off the cuff informal improvised; extemporary
See also cuffs

Word Origin for cuff

C14 cuffe glove, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for cuff (2 of 2)

cuff2
/ (kʌf) /

verb
(tr) to strike with an open hand
noun
a blow of this kind

Word Origin for cuff

C16: of obscure origin
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Medical definitions for cuff

cuff
[ kŭf ]

n.
A bandlike structure encircling a part.
An inflatable band, usually wrapped around the upper arm, that is used along with a sphygmomanometer in measuring arterial blood pressure.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Other Idioms and Phrases with cuff

cuff

see off the cuff; on the cuff.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
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