Definition of Off-the-cuff

1. Adjective. With little or no preparation or forethought. "A few unrehearsed comments"




Definition of Off-the-cuff

1. Adjective. (idiomatic) Extemporaneous; without prior preparation; impromptu. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Off-the-cuff

off-roading
off-sale
off-season
off-site
off-slip
off-slips
off-speed
off-speed pitch
off-split
off-street
off-target
off-the-ball
off-the-books
off-the-charts
off-the-clock
off-the-cuff (current term)
off-the-peg
off-the-rack
off-the-record
off-the-shelf
off-the-shoulder
off-the-wall
off-topic
off-track
off-white
off-worlder
off-worlders
off and on
off balance
off base

Literary usage of Off-the-cuff

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"An impromptu speech is distinguished as a speech for which the speaker has made no preparations—a genuinely spur-of-the-moment, off-the-cuff speech. ..."

2. Niles' Weekly Register edited by Hezekiah Niles, Jeremiah Hughes, George Beatty (1837)
"... and when about half way across, the men who hela the nv ji; were shot down by his side—one of them held so fast t? by sleeve a^ to tear off' the cuff ei ..."

3. The American Pageant Revisited: Recollections of a Stanford Historian by Thomas A. Bailey (1982)
"When the group met they would not be talking off the cuff but had read purposefully, with the object in view of coming to grips with the issues posed. ..."

4. A Very Public Offering: A Rebel's Story of Business Excess, Success, and by Stephan Paternot, Andrew Essex (2001)
"I had to try and explain, but it was of course extremely unbelievable that it was an off-the-cuff joke before we started. I managed to convince him, ..."

5. The Marshall Plan Summer: An Eyewitness Report on Europe and the Russians in by Thomas Andrew Bailey (1977)
"Like many men who lecture widely or speak off-the-cuff freely, Laski was inclined to be careless with the facts. ..."

6. Capital (1888)
"He is called in at the last minute to do some off the cuff sums. In the process many companies pay dearly. Even to labour such victories prove pyrrhic as ..."

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