There are 2 definitions of cuff in English:

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noun

  • 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 cuffs
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    • 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.
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    • 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 up
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    • 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 movement
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    • 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 wrists
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

verb

[with object] informal Back to top  
  • Secure with handcuffs: the man’s hands were cuffed behind his back
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    • 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.

Phrases

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]
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  • 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?
Synonyms
impromptu, extempore, ad lib; unrehearsed, unscripted, unprepared, improvised, spontaneous, unplanned; offhand, casual; Latin ad libitum
rare extemporaneous
without preparation, without rehearsal, impromptu, ad lib; spontaneously; Latin ad libitum
informal off the top of one's head, on the spur of the moment

Derivatives

cuffed

adjective
[in combination]: a double-cuffed striped shirt
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  • 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.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a glove or mitten): of unknown origin.

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There are 2 definitions of cuff in English:

cuff2

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Pronunciation: /kʌf
 
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verb

[with object]

noun

[usually in singular] Back to top  
  • A blow given with an open hand: Luke gave Flora a mild cuff
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    • 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.

Origin

mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

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