cuff

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
cuff1 /kʌf/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Clothinga fold or band at the end of a sleeve, serving as a trim:a coffee stain on the right cuff of my shirt.
  2. Clothingthe turned-up fold at the bottom of a trouser leg:Something had caught on the cuffs of his slacks.
  3. Usually,  cuffs. [plural] handcuffs:The prisoner rubbed his wrists where the cuffs had been.
  4. Medicinean inflatable wrap placed around the upper arm and used with a device for recording blood pressure.

v. [+ object]
  1. to make a cuff on.
  2. to handcuff:The police cuffed the suspects.
Idioms
  1. Idioms, Informal Termsoff the cuff, Informal. without preparing;
    extemporaneously;
    on the spur of the moment:The speaker made a few remarks off the cuff and then began his prepared speech.
  2. on the cuff, [Slang.]on credit.


cuff2 /kʌf/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to strike, esp. with the open hand.

n. [countable]
  1. a blow with the open hand.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
cuff1  (kuf ),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a fold or band serving as a trimming or finish for the bottom of a sleeve.
  2. a turned-up fold, as at the bottom of a trouser leg.
  3. the part of a gauntlet or long glove that extends over the wrist.
  4. a separate or detachable band or piece of fabric worn about the wrist, inside or outside of the sleeve.
  5. an elasticized, ribbed, or reinforced band at the top of a sock or stocking.
  6. 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.
  7. a handcuff.
  8. [Anat.]a bandlike muscle or group of muscles encircling a body part.
  9. Furniturea horizontal strip of veneer used as an ornament on a leg.
  10. Medicinean inflatable wrap placed around the upper arm and used in conjunction with a device for recording blood pressure.
  11. off the cuff, [Informal.]
    • extemporaneously;
      on the spur of the moment.
    • Idiomsunofficially or informally:I'm telling you this strictly off the cuff.
  12. on the cuff, [Slang.]
    • 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.

v.t. 
  1. to make a cuff or cuffs on:to cuff a pair of trousers.
  2. to put handcuffs on.
  • Medieval Latin cuphia coif
  • 1350–1400; Middle English cuffe mitten; perh. akin to Old English cuffie cap

cuff2  (kuf ),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to strike with the open hand;
    beat;
    buffet.

n. 
  1. a blow with the fist or the open hand;
    buffet.
  • Scandinavian; compare Low German kuffen, Norwegian, Swedish dialect, dialectal kuffa to push, shove
  • perh. 1520–30


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

cuff /kʌf/ n
  1. the part of a sleeve nearest the hand, sometimes turned back and decorative
  2. the part of a gauntlet or glove that extends past the wrist
  3. US Canadian Austral the turned-up fold at the bottom of some trouser legs
    Also called (in eg Britain): turn-up
  4. off the cuffinformal improvised; extemporary
Etymology: 14th Century cuffe glove, of obscure origin
cuff /kʌf/ vb
  1. (transitive) to strike with an open hand
n
  1. a blow of this kind
Etymology: 16th Century: of obscure origin



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