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off-the-cuff

[ awf-thuh-kuhf, of- ]
/ ˈɔf ðəˈkʌf, ˈɒf- /
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adjective

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
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Idioms and Phrases with off-the-cuff

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]

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