off the cuff

off the cuff

without preparation – informal

This expression refers to impromptu notes made on a speaker's shirt cuffs as an aid to memory.


on the cuff

on credit - US informal

beyond what is appropriate or conventional – New Zealand

1992 - Sandra Birdsell - The Chrome Suite – Their surveillance system keeps a beady eye open and they don't let you buy groceries on the cuff.

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