under the cuff

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Senior Member
Romania Romanian
Hi All,

Does anyone have any clue on what "under the cuff" means in the context

"Constant jibes about how long you take to get ready or little under the cuff comments about how you forgot to put the milk back in the fridge are real confidence bashers and something you don’t deserve."

Thank you,
  • soccergal

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Talking behind someone's back. I believe the expression comes from the tendency people have to put their hands up to their mouths when whispering something they don't want others to hear. If they happen to be wearing sleeves with cuffs, then the comment is made "under the cuff."
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