cuff

(redirected from off the cuff)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms.

cuff

cuff
cuff
i. Specially shaped pieces of sheet metal attached to the leading edge of the wings to increase camber and to improve slow-speed handling characteristics.
ii. A thin, sheet metal, airfoil-shaped covering over the shank of a propeller blade, which forces air through the cowling of an air-cooled engine.
References in periodicals archive ?
"I was speaking off the cuff and if I offended anyone of course I am very sorry about that.
Off the Cuff has a choice of 300-plus waistcoat designs, jackets and trousers from top hat and tails to the popular Edwardian square-cut jacket.
Your friends at The Advocate have submitted you for a makeover session with the one and only Carson Kressley, Queer Eye clothier extraordinaire and author of the new book Off the Cuff: The Essential Style Guide for Men and the Women Who Love Them (Dutton, $24.95).
Among the episodes are: If the Shoe Fits (Shoes); A Head for Fashion (Hats); Breaking the Rules (Sportswear); Out of the Rain (Raincoats); The Cat's Pajamas (Pajamas); Bib and Bonnet Beauties (Children) and Off the Cuff (Men's Fashions).
Once again, the name of the game will be to try to disguise the fact that all those witty one-liners are off the cuff and were not thought up beforehand by a committee of smart alecs.
The conference itself was opened by the Premier of the Free State, Patrick `Terror' Lekota, who dispensed with his prepared speech and spoke off the cuff. `I welcome this conference,' he said, `because we need to shape men and women who will not only understand moral values but live them stubbornly."
Theoretical suggestions thrown off the cuff to meet this situation include the idea that there may be less matter in the supernova than theorists have thought, or that it may not be uniform but patchy, so that there are gaps or rare spots in it.
He said: "You can talk to players all you want about certain patterns of play, certain runs you might make, but I think Benji is very much off the cuff when we have the ball.
Off the cuff comes from the 1930s when speakers might make notes on their shirt cuffs to remind them of the points they wished to make.
"We have a solidarity between ourselves, we wanted to get together off the cuff and we said how important the goal was, it is something we carried into the dressing room after the game."
The event, on Thursday, November 1, from 7pm-11pm, features live entertainment from Off The Cuff and a buffet.
Most folk do what they have always done and come up with something off the cuff and move on.