|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) Also called (in eg Britain): turn-up the turned-up fold at the bottom of some trouser legs|
|4.||informal off the cuff improvised; extemporary|
|[C14 cuffe glove, of obscure origin]|
A bandlike structure encircling a part.
An inflatable band, usually wrapped around the upper arm, that is used along with a sphygmomanometer in measuring arterial blood pressure.
on the cuff
On credit, as in He tried to hire a detective on the cuff. It is sometimes put as put on the cuff, meaning "extend credit to," as in They asked to be put on the cuff until they got their monthly check. This usage probably alludes to the practice of recording bar tabs on the bartender's cuff. Also see off the cuff. [Slang; 1920s]
Free of charge, as in We hope these drinks are on the cuff. [Slang; 1920s] Also see on the house.