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Definition of cuff noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cuff

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//kʌf//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʌf//
     
    Parts of clothing
     
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  1. 1[countable] the end of a coat or shirt sleeve at the wrist a collar and cuffs of white lace See related entries: Parts of clothing
  2. 2cuffs [plural] (informal) = handcuffs
  3. 3(North American English) (British English turn-up) [countable] the bottom of the leg of a pair of trousers/pants that has been folded over on the outside
  4. 4[countable] a light hit with an open hand to give somebody a friendly cuff
  5. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 3 late Middle English (denoting a glove or mitten): of unknown origin. noun sense 4 mid 16th cent.: of unknown origin.Idioms (of speaking, remarks, etc.) without previous thought or preparation I'm just speaking off the cuff here—I haven't seen the results yet. an off-the-cuff remark
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