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cuff 1

a. A fold used as trimming at the bottom of a sleeve.
b. A band, often having an opening with a button closure, at the bottom of a sleeve.
2. The turned-up fold at the bottom of a trouser leg.
3. The band at the top of a sock.
4. The part of a glove that extends over the wrist.
5. A bracelet consisting of a curved, open-ended band, as of metal or resin, that fits the wrist firmly without a clasp.
6. A handcuff.
7. Medicine An inflatable band, usually wrapped around the upper arm, that is used along with a sphygmomanometer in measuring arterial blood pressure.
tr.v. cuffed, cuff·ing, cuffs
1. To form a cuff or cuffs on.
2. To put handcuffs on.
off the cuff
In an extemporaneous or informal manner.
on the cuff
On credit.

[Middle English cuffe, mitten.]

cuff 2

tr.v. cuffed, cuff·ing, cuffs
To strike with or as if with the open hand; slap.
A blow or slap with the open hand.

[Origin unknown.]


pl n
informal short for handcuffs. See handcuff2
References in classic literature ?
Over the eternal collars and cuffs in the factory Maggie spent the most of three days in making imaginary sketches of Pete and his daily environment.
He "rubbed out' collars and cuffs, rubbing the starch out from between the double thicknesses of linen so that there would be no blisters when it came to the ironing, and doing it at a pace that elicited Joe's praise.
Always run the mangle Wednesday nights - collars an' cuffs.
Running the collars and cuffs through the mangle was also Joe's idea.
Figs, alone in the schoolroom, was blundering over a home letter; when Cuff, entering, bade him go upon some message, of which tarts were probably the subject.
Cuff, laying hold of that document (in which many words were scratched out, many were mis-spelt, on which had been spent I don't know how much thought, and labour, and tears; for the poor fellow was writing to his mother, who was fond of him, although she was a grocer's wife, and lived in a back parlour in Thames Street).
Cuff paused, turned down his coat sleeves again, put his hands into his pockets, and walked away with a sneer.
It seems that he had heard some curious anecdotes about Sergeant Cuff, from his father's lawyer, during his stay in London.
A more complete opposite to Superintendent Seegrave than Sergeant Cuff, and a less comforting officer to look at, for a family in distress, I defy you to discover, search where you may.
A cuff from the master and a sharp word had then compelled him to permit their caresses, though he growled and growled under their tiny hands, and in the growl there was no crooning note.
But most potent in his education was the cuff of the master's hand, the censure of the master's voice.
The interchange of a cuff with the jolly priest is not entirely out of character with Richard I.