One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Cullam grabbed him by the lapels and cuffed him on the head’
hit, strike, slap, smack, thump, thwack, beat, punch, swat, knock, rap, box someone's ears
Northern English Scottish skelp
informal clout, wallop, belt, whack, bash, clobber, bop, biff, sock, whop
British informal slosh, dot
North American informal boff, slug
NZ Australian informal dong, quilt
1‘an off-the-cuff remark’
impromptu, extempore, ad lib
unrehearsed, unscripted, unprepared, improvised, spontaneous, unplanned
2‘I spoke off the cuff’
without preparation, without rehearsal, impromptu, ad lib
off the top of one's head, on the spur of the moment
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