[ awf-th uh-kuhf, of- ]
/ ˈɔf ðəˈkʌf, ˈɒf- /
with little or no preparation; extemporaneous; impromptu: a speaker with a good off-the-cuff delivery.
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Origin of off-the-cuff
First recorded in 1940–45
Definition for off the cuff (2 of 2)
[ kuhf ]
/ kʌf /
a fold or band serving as a trimming or finish for the bottom of a sleeve.
a turned-up fold, as at the bottom of a trouser leg.
the part of a gauntlet or long glove that extends over the wrist.
a separate or detachable band or piece of fabric worn about the wrist, inside or outside of the sleeve.
an elasticized, ribbed, or reinforced band at the top of a sock or stocking.
a band of leather or other material, wider than a collar, sewed around the outside of the top of a shoe or boot to serve as a trimming or finish.
Anatomy. a bandlike muscle or group of muscles encircling a body part.
Furniture. a horizontal strip of veneer used as an ornament on a leg.
Medicine/Medical. an inflatable wrap placed around the upper arm and used in conjunction with a device for recording blood pressure.
verb (used with object)
to make a cuff or cuffs on: to cuff a pair of trousers.
to put handcuffs on.
Origin of cuff1
1350–1400; Middle English cuffe mitten; perhaps akin to Old English cuffie cap < Medieval Latin cuphia coif1
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British Dictionary definitions for off the cuff (1 of 2)
/ (kʌf) /
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 off the cuff (2 of 2)
/ (kʌf) /
(tr) to strike with an open hand
a blow of this kind
Word Origin for cuff
C16: of obscure origin
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Medicine definitions for off the cuff
[ kŭf ]
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with off the cuff (1 of 2)
off the cuff
Impromptu, extemporaneous, as in His speech was entirely off the cuff. This term supposedly alludes to the practice of speakers making last-minute notes on the cuff of a shirtsleeve. [1930s]
Idioms and Phrases with off the cuff (2 of 2)
see off the cuff; on the cuff.
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