- 1The end part of a sleeve, where the material of the sleeve is turned back or a separate band is sewn on: a red dress with a white lace collar and cuffsMore example sentences
- With ageless patch pockets, elasticated cuffs and waist band, this is a must.
- The long-sleeve style has button-through sleeve plackets, adjustable cuffs and a back pleat.
- For a unified look, use the same fabric for other elements, such as the collar, cuffs or front band.
- 1.1The part of a glove covering the wrist.More example sentences
- I watched with envy as 7mm gloves with double cuffs and dry gloves were donned by the more experienced divers, and resigned myself to living with cold hands.
- Michael stretched out his arms to either side and grasped the edges of the beam, the metal studs on the cuffs of his gloves biting into the wood.
- She tugged at the cuffs of her white gloves and signed.
- 1.2North American A trouser turn-up: a pair of faded denims with the cuffs rolled upMore example sentences
- Should men wear cuffs on trousers or are they really a thing of the past?
- As a general rule, your trousers' cuffs should break and create a small fold when you have your shoes on.
- In jeans made of this denim, the cuffs can be rolled up for colorful effects.
- 1.3The top part of a boot, typically padded or turned down: the ankle cuff provided support without restricting my movementMore example sentences
- It will have a high cuff for full ankle support along with the 90 mm wheels.
- Just put a boot in the binding and press the cuff of the boot from side-to-side and look for wobble and slop.
- It pulls the cable and snugs down the cuff of the boot as if you were operating a separate buckle.
- 2 (cuffs) • informal Handcuffs: when the cuffs went on he had braced his wristsMore example sentences
- She then handed me ankle cuffs and handcuffs to fasten on my ankles and wrists.
- Each is handcuffed and wears leg-irons comprising metal cuffs joined by a 10-inch chain between the ankles.
- Next day, he was driven 300 miles in cuffs and leg chains to Portland, Maine's largest city.
- 3An inflatable bag wrapped round the arm when blood pressure is measured.More example sentences
- This is an inflatable cuff which fits round the upper arm and is connected to a mercury manometer.
- He used a pillowcase to carry his stethoscope, otoscope, blood pressure cuff, and pulse oximeter.
- They require you to manually inflate the arm cuff but they automatically measure blood pressure and heart rate.
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- Secure with handcuffs: the man’s hands were cuffed behind his backMore example sentences
- He took the handcuffs and cuffed Joe's hands so that the cuffs ran through the rail.
- Her arms are cuffed behind her back, her legs manacled together, and both are connected with another chain.
- There, their hands were cuffed behind their backs 24 hours a day.
off the cuff
- • informal Without preparation: they posed some difficult questions to answer off the cuff [as modifier]: an off-the-cuff remark[as if from impromptu notes made on one's shirt cuffs]More example sentences
impromptu, extempore, ad lib; unrehearsed, unscripted, unprepared, improvised, spontaneous, unplanned; offhand, casual; Latin ad libitum• rare extemporaneousimpromptu, ad lib; spontaneously; Latin ad libitum• informal off the top of one's head, on the spur of the moment• rare extemporaneously
- I think he'd be able to answer questions quicker off the cuff.
- My remark was off the cuff and I stress that at that time I had made no calculation as to possible damage to the reversionary interest.
- Does one memorise a previously written piece, read verbatim from a carefully prepared script, or speak off the cuff and risk drying up?
- [in combination]: a double-cuffed striped shirtMore example sentences
- Finally, the sleeves are cuffed for a little twist of originality.
- I've finally found socks - little cuffed ones from the Gap - that do not slide off La Lu's feet.
- It is supplied with cuffed ends, ready for fitting attachments.
late Middle English (denoting a glove or mitten): of unknown origin.
- Strike (someone) with an open hand, especially on the head: he cuffed him playfully on the earMore example sentences
hit, strike, slap, smack, thump, thwack, beat, punch, swat, knock, rap, box someone's ears; Scottish & Northern English skelpBritish • informal slosh, dot• literary smite
- I laughed and cuffed him playfully across the side of the head.
- Buddy cuffed Roy on the head, slapped a small shovel in his hands, and gave him a hard shove.
- You've taught her how to use a gun, how to cuff someone and how to do a few punches?
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- A blow given with an open hand: Luke gave Flora a mild cuffMore example sentences
- The second I exposed myself, the blow would come, a cuff across the head or shoulders that I'd feel for days.
- He gave him a cuff rather than a vicious elbow, but once you raise your elbow you have to go off.
- Once they reach oh-my-god-haven't they-grown proportions, buy a stepping stool for those moments when you need to give them a swift cuff around the back of the head.
mid 16th century: of unknown origin.