off the cuff
This page is about the idiom off the cuff
If you speak off the cuff, you speak without planning what you will say beforehand.
- She wasn't expecting to win, so she hadn't prepared a speech, but she still managed to say a few words off the cuff after being given the award.
- The prime minister keeps making off-the-cuff remarks that get him into trouble.
When used to modify a noun or a noun phrase, this idiom should be written with hyphens, as in "an off-the-cuff comment".
Origin: Possibly related to the fact that people sometimes write last-minute notes on the cuff of their shirt's sleeve before making a speech or saying a few words.
Contributor: Matt Errey