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British pronunciation/ˈɒf ðə kˈʌf/
American pronunciation/ˈɔf ðə kˈʌf/
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without any preparations or prior plans

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off the cuff definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "off the cuff" and when to use it?

The idiom "off the cuff" originates from the world of clothing and refers to something that is done or said spontaneously or without prior preparation. The phrase is linked to the practice of making impromptu notes or remarks on the cuffs of one's shirt or jacket, as opposed to a prepared speech or script. "Off the cuff" is used to describe informal, unrehearsed, and spontaneous actions or comments.

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Mr Baker was speaking off the cuff when he made those suggestions.
I hadn't prepared a speech so I just said a few words off the cuff.
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