off-the-cuff

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the prepositional phrase off the cuff.

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off-the-cuff (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Extemporaneous; without prior preparation; spontaneous; impromptu.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:impromptu
    He made a few off-the-cuff remarks before launching into his prepared speech.
    • 2013 May 5, Peter Baker; Mark Landler; David E. Sanger; Anne Barnard, “Off-the-Cuff Obama Line Put U.S. in Bind on Syria”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Off-the-Cuff Obama Line Put U.S. in Bind on Syria [title]
    • 2017 June 4, Peter Baker, “Trump’s Off-the-Cuff Tweets Strain Foreign Ties”, in The New York Times[2], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Trump’s Off-the-Cuff Tweets Strain Foreign Ties [title]
    • 2021 October 2, John Herrman, “Will TikTok Make You Buy It?”, in The New York Times[3], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Even when people are trying to sell you something, their messages seem off-the-cuff, like trustworthy recommendations rather than sponsored shilling.

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