Off the Cuff

Welcome to English in a minute!A cuff is the part of a shirt that ends at your wrist.Here is an idiom that uses this word:off the cuff.What could that mean? Let’s find out:I have to give a speech tomorrow,and I really don’t have time to write it.I will put together some notes,but I think it will be mostly off the cuff.That shouldn’t be a problem!You do really well when you don’t have a script.I think your best speeches are usually off the cuff.Really?
This idiom means to speak without much planning.It comes from long ago when many men wore cuffs made of paper which they would write on.This let them speak by reading notes off their cuffs.And that’s English in a minute!

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