Main 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.

    • ‘David wondered what she was looking for - a sleeve cuff buttoned askew?’
    • ‘So if you're wearing a '60s button-down shirt with retro cuffs and a big collar, wear it with a regular suit or a cool pair of jeans.’
    • ‘The sleeves had large buttoned cuffs, becoming narrower from the second half of the century onwards.’
    • ‘A shirt that boasts nice cuffs and a well-designed collar is usually of higher quality.’
    • ‘Simplify construction by utilizing existing sweater or dress sleeves as the sleeves and cuffs of the new garment.’
    • ‘The long-sleeve style has button-through sleeve plackets, adjustable cuffs and a back pleat.’
    • ‘It had bell sleeves, the cuffs of which covered her black lace enveloped hands.’
    • ‘The sleeves were white and had an elastic cuff around her wrist causing it to take a bell shape somewhat.’
    • ‘The older man smoothed out the cuffs of his sleeves and leaned against his desk.’
    • ‘Glue scraps of white fleece or fuzzy yarn to the red suit's cuffs and lower band.’
    • ‘With ageless patch pockets, elasticated cuffs and waist band, this is a must.’
    • ‘The neckline, underarms, sleeve cuffs, and gown back are areas that experience friction and are not considered effective microbial barriers.’
    • ‘Made from a soft wool blend, it features a gray, ribbed knit finish along the cuffs, collar and waistband, with brown suede patches on the elbows.’
    • ‘His shirt cuffs showed from the sleeves of his blazer, each joined with a gold cufflink shaped like a W, and a small cross crafted from several diamonds centered in each letter.’
    • ‘Others wear knee-length shirts and loose pants, with the cuffs of the sleeves and pants trimmed with piping and lace.’
    • ‘There are even scraps of their garments, including a cuff from a sleeve, and a possible wall hanging.’
    • ‘A tiny, golden button on the cuff of his sleeve sparkled in the dim light, embossed with a winged human.’
    • ‘The silver ring, the symbol of his fealty, came off with little difficulty, then the buttons at the cuff of each sleeve.’
    • ‘For a unified look, use the same fabric for other elements, such as the collar, cuffs or front band.’
    • ‘On the left cuff of the jacket was a golden pin, with three interwoven circles.’
    1. 1.1 The part of a glove covering the wrist.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She tugged at the cuffs of her white gloves and signed.’
      • ‘She made her way quietly to the checkpoint, stopping only to activate a small device she carried in the cuff of her glove.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You need to loosen any instrument straps and peel back the cuff of your glove to get access, but it is possible to get a lungful of air into the suit.’
    2. 1.2North American The turned-up end of a trouser leg.
      • ‘Always in their best grey suits, they nevertheless fail the sartorial test by wearing trainers which glare from under their trouser cuffs.’
      • ‘She managed to stay mostly dry, but the cuffs of her pants were damp.’
      • ‘Bending over, he rolled up the cuffs on his legs to just below his knees.’
      • ‘It would not do to be messy now, he thought, flicking a small amount of ash from the cuff of his trousers.’
      • ‘Most men wear pleated trousers, which as a rule, should always have cuffs.’
      • ‘Should men wear cuffs on trousers or are they really a thing of the past?’
      • ‘In jeans made of this denim, the cuffs can be rolled up for colorful effects.’
      • ‘At any rate, she rolled up the cuffs of her camouflage cargo pants a few times so she didn't trip if today's class required running.’
      • ‘As a general rule, your trousers' cuffs should break and create a small fold when you have your shoes on.’
      • ‘I remembered looking down at one point and realizing the cuffs of my pants were soaked with blood.’
      • ‘Of course, there are one or two trivial drafting upgrades - the kinds of parliamentary fashion changes that are no more important than whether trousers will have cuffs on them this year.’
      • ‘Golf is kind of like a sport - yet true sports shoes (like running shoes) look dumb sticking out from under the cuffs of regular trousers.’
      • ‘Also, my clips seem to slip off cord trousers, leaving my cuffs to flap merrily in the breeze and play with the bike chain.’
      • ‘My jeans were only slightly damp at the cuffs, so I rolled them up a little.’
    3. 1.3 The top part of a boot, typically padded or turned down.
      • ‘A buckle on the cuff makes controlling the support easier.’
      • ‘The rigid cuffs in well-made entry level skates adequately support weak ankles, even for overweight skaters.’
      • ‘It pulls the cable and snugs down the cuff of the boot as if you were operating a separate buckle.’
      • ‘Hinged cuffs improve a skate's ankle support, forward flexibility, and stability.’
      • ‘It will have a high cuff for full ankle support along with the 90 mm wheels.’
      • ‘The low boot cuff allows you to maintain the tuck position longer and with less effort.’
      • ‘So, getting into your local indoor track, most all skaters will have the low cuff, five wheel roller boots.’
      • ‘Many soft boot models are outfitted with a plastic hinged cuff for added support.’
      • ‘The sash wrapped around the top of his tight black pants, which came down smoothly into the cuffs of his knee high, black leather boots.’
      • ‘The boot's plastic cuff has been pared down so that, while it still cradles the heel and lower leg, it now allows for some forward flex.’
      • ‘Common were the 1943 leather combat service boots with buckled cuff.’
      • ‘Learn to trust the ankle support designed into a high cuff in-line skate.’
      • ‘Just put a boot in the binding and press the cuff of the boot from side-to-side and look for wobble and slop.’
      • ‘The internal liner isn't attached to the cuffs at the ankles which seems a bit strange to start with, but I reckon it is to help with the material sliding against the outer shell.’
  • 2cuffsinformal Handcuffs.

    • ‘Their arms were in cuffs chained to the wall, and their toes skimmed the ground.’
    • ‘She then handed me ankle cuffs and handcuffs to fasten on my ankles and wrists.’
    • ‘They then attempted to remove him but he became so aggressive they were forced to put him on the floor of the van and restrain him with ankle cuffs.’
    • ‘He was taunted for his religious beliefs, transported in painful cuffs and shackles, and denied family visits or telephone calls.’
    • ‘The clink of chains woke her up fast enough to see two guards slipping on huge iron cuffs, each with a long chain attached, to her wrists.’
    • ‘As with the suddenly long line of others, he had been stripped of clothing, cuffs holding his wrists and a chain connecting to the one behind.’
    • ‘They placed cuffs on his wrists and Faith's father struggled even more.’
    • ‘Two of the guards fastened their cuffs around my wrists, and dragged me to my feet.’
    • ‘I ended up in jail, and I had to go everywhere in ankle cuffs and regular cuffs.’
    • ‘Each is handcuffed and wears leg-irons comprising metal cuffs joined by a 10-inch chain between the ankles.’
    • ‘You go inside, and inside is a chair with cuffs and restraints.’
    • ‘The cuffs around her wrists were starting to irritate her skin, etching angry red marks on it.’
    • ‘I rubbed my wrist where the cuffs had been and scowled.’
    • ‘And police then took him into custody and have more secure cuffs now on him.’
    • ‘They put the cuffs on his wrists and walk him down the hall.’
    • ‘A chain linked the two cuffs together, but it was still palpable that he was a prisoner.’
    • ‘Next day, he was driven 300 miles in cuffs and leg chains to Portland, Maine's largest city.’
    • ‘We were escorted inside by the big cop, hands tied behind us in cuffs.’
    • ‘He was forced face down on the bunk while the handcuffs were removed and replaced by nylon flex cuffs.’
    • ‘In his hands was a length of chains leading to some iron cuffs, much too heavy for the being who wore them.’
  • 3An inflatable bag wrapped around the arm when blood pressure is measured.

    • ‘At each prenatal visit, the health care provider measures blood pressure with an inflatable cuff that wraps around the woman's upper arm.’
    • ‘You inflate the cuff on your upper arm by squeezing a rubber bulb.’
    • ‘The blood pressure cuff is inflated by hand to a level that obliterates the arterial pressure or pulse.’
    • ‘This can occur if a blood pressure cuff can't inflate properly because your arteries have become severely stiffened.’
    • ‘For extremities, inflating a blood pressure cuff above systolic pressure assists in wound inspection and repair.’
    • ‘The next time a nurse inflates a blood pressure cuff around your bicep, pay attention.’
    • ‘Blood pressure is measured using an inflatable cuff.’
    • ‘Pneumatic tourniquets consist of an inflatable cuff, pressure source, pressure regulator, connective tubing, and pressure display.’
    • ‘Kids could have a lot of fun with a blood-pressure cuff and pulse oximeter, in a supervised setting.’
    • ‘The circulating nurse assists the anesthesia care provider by applying appropriately sized electrocardiogram pads, blood pressure cuff, and pulse oximeter.’
    • ‘He used a pillowcase to carry his stethoscope, otoscope, blood pressure cuff, and pulse oximeter.’
    • ‘Additionally, proper selection of cuff size is imperative for accurate measurements.’
    • ‘They require you to manually inflate the arm cuff but they automatically measure blood pressure and heart rate.’
    • ‘A blood pressure cuff and hand-held Doppler stethoscope are required to perform this test.’
    • ‘The most common error in blood pressure measurement is use of inappropriate cuff size.’
    • ‘Blood pressure cuffs are placed on the proximal and distal thigh, below the knee and above the ankle.’
    • ‘Blood pressure is normally taken with a device that has an inflatable cuff that is wrapped around the upper arm.’
    • ‘This is an inflatable cuff which fits round the upper arm and is connected to a mercury manometer.’
    • ‘A BP cuff was placed around each subject's thigh, just proximal to the knee.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Secure with handcuffs.

    ‘the man's hands were cuffed behind his back’
    • ‘They held him face down, cuffed his hands behind him, and placed a towel over his face.’
    • ‘The police cuffed me and put me in the car.’
    • ‘Her arms are cuffed behind her back, her legs manacled together, and both are connected with another chain.’
    • ‘The patient may be handcuffed or shackled with a set of manacles that are cuffed with a chain linking the ankles.’
    • ‘Unluckily for her, we were cuffed together, so she came crashing down with me.’
    • ‘His hands were cuffed behind him, and he moved only when his burly guard signaled.’
    • ‘He only let her drive it once, and that was because his hands were cuffed behind his back.’
    • ‘Her hands being cuffed behind her back forced her into the most uncomfortable sitting position.’
    • ‘The figure came up behind her and cuffed one of the girl's wrists.’
    • ‘A small girl stepped down the narrow hall, wrists cuffed together.’
    • ‘Her head is practically resting on my shoulder from exhaustion, and one hand from each person is cuffed together.’
    • ‘The guard pulled Rob to his feet and forcefully set him into the chair, cuffing his hands behind him.’
    • ‘Lucas slowly lifted her and cuffed her hands behind her.’
    • ‘Finally, the detective sighed in exasperation, and ordered his partner to take the teacher away, cuffing his hands from behind.’
    • ‘I was on a bed, but both my wrists were cuffed to the bed.’
    • ‘He cuffed David's hand behind his back and then glanced at me with slightly more curiosity,’
    • ‘There, their hands were cuffed behind their backs 24 hours a day.’
    • ‘He was believed to have suffered a minor injury to one of his hands but his arms were cuffed behind his back throughout the 15-minute hearing.’
    • ‘His hands, still cuffed, were knotted on top of the table.’
    • ‘He took the handcuffs and cuffed Joe's hands so that the cuffs ran through the rail.’

Phrases

  • off the cuff

    • informal Without preparation.

      ‘they posed some difficult questions to answer off the cuff’
      as modifier ‘an off-the-cuff remark’
      • ‘They said they'd rehearsed but they would have been better doing something off the cuff.’
      • ‘He was one of our more experienced players but in saying that, although he tried hard on Sunday a lot of stuff he did was off the cuff and no use to the side at all.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘His prepared, textbook address at the sod-turning ceremony on Tuesday somehow took a backseat to his entirely off the cuff remarks.’
      • ‘His appearances with Johnny never seemed to indicate that he was able to make humorous off the cuff remarks.’
      • ‘This may seem to give disproportionate attention to a single off the cuff remark.’
      • ‘Everything I do here is off the cuff: that is the way we are.’
      • ‘Imagine not being allowed a slip of one tongue, an off the cuff remark or even a second thought.’
      • ‘I think he'd be able to answer questions quicker off the cuff.’
      impromptu, extempore, ad lib
      without preparation, without rehearsal, impromptu, ad lib
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

cuff

/kəf//kəf/

Main definitions of cuff in English

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cuff2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Strike (someone) with an open hand, especially on the head.

    ‘he cuffed him playfully on the ear’
    • ‘He shrugged, and was again cuffed soundly on the head.’
    • ‘Buddy cuffed Roy on the head, slapped a small shovel in his hands, and gave him a hard shove.’
    • ‘He often cuffs the kids, especially boys, no matter what they say.’
    • ‘He closed his eyes, I guess so he couldn't see it coming, and let her cuff him right in the chops, but he didn't budge.’
    • ‘You've taught her how to use a gun, how to cuff someone and how to do a few punches?’
    • ‘‘Good to see you back with us Lynn,’ I said, cuffing her on the back.’
    • ‘He bowed slightly and Ian cuffed him on the shoulder.’
    • ‘"Shut it! " the elder warrior hissed, cuffing his ears.’
    • ‘I remember the household woman I had seen the day he left cuffing my serving girl on the side of the head.’
    • ‘Simon reached over and cuffed Richard on the shoulder.’
    • ‘Some have attempted resistance, and many of those have had their ears cuffed by a judge.’
    • ‘People said my brother was face down on the ground and they were kneeling on him and cuffing him on his head and body.’
    • ‘Chester cuffs him on the back of the head, which she rarely ever does.’
    • ‘Whenever Ford tried to get to his feet, Karl cuffed him.’
    • ‘He cuffed his brother upside the head and dismounted.’
    • ‘Again, he was cuffed soundly on the head.’
    • ‘I laughed and cuffed him playfully across the side of the head.’
    • ‘It is sufficiently perturbed by this pandemic of kids carrying out surreal stunts on strangers to issue handy hints on how to spot a happy slapper who's about to cuff you one.’
    • ‘She comes running at him so hard her legs are a blur, falls on him, and just whales his head as she cuffs him.’
    • ‘He cuffs me at the back of my head, harshly, and I wince, tears stinging my eyes.’
    hit, strike, slap, smack, thump, thwack, beat, punch, swat, knock, rap, box someone's ears
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noun

  • usually in singular A blow given with an open hand.

    • ‘They are unable to see the difference between a good old fashioned cuff on the ear and serial beatings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The second I exposed myself, the blow would come, a cuff across the head or shoulders that I'd feel for days.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

cuff

/kəf//kəf/