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cuff1 / kəf/ • n. 1. the end part of a sleeve, where the material of the sleeve is turned back or a separate band is sewn on. ∎  the part of a glove covering the wrist. ∎  the turned-up end of a trouser leg. ∎  the top part of a boot, typically padded or turned down. ∎  an inflatable bag wrapped around the arm when blood pressure is measured. 2. (cuffs) inf. handcuffs. • v. [tr.] inf. secure with handcuffs. PHRASES: off the cuff inf. without preparation: they posed some difficult questions to answer off the cuff | [as adj.] an off-the-cuff remark. DERIVATIVES: cuffed adj. [in comb.] a double-cuffed shirt. cuff2 • v. [tr.] strike (someone) with an open hand, esp. on the head. • n. [usu. in sing.] a blow given with an open hand.

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cuff 1 †glove, mitten XIV; band at the bottom of a sleeve XVI; fetter for the wrist XVII. of unkn. orig.

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cuff 2 strike with the fist or open hand. perh. imit. of the sound.
Hence cuff sb. XVI.