Put it "on the cuff" I told her

Eugene, Oregon
February 10, 2018 7:01pm CST
Anne cuts what little hair I have and keeps me more or less presentable. She gave am a trim this morning and I told her to put it "on the cuff." That means "charge it." Of course, she does not charge me. I get buy on my charm and wit. But she had never heard that saying about the cuff. I have known about it for a long time. It goes back to the time before cash registers when you would order a drink in a saloon and tell the bartender to "put it on the cuff." Sometimes that would be literal, the bartender would write the charge on the cuff of his shirt. If you got too much on the cuff, you were cut off in that saloon. Have you ever heard of this arcane saying?
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@sallypup (29256)
• Moses Lake, Washington
11 Feb
Nope. New one on me. That's cool that Anne can trim your hair do. Ha if I were to attempt such a task. You would be screaming in fright.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
I do worry about my ears sometimes.
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@sallypup (29256)
• Moses Lake, Washington
11 Feb
@JamesHxstatic That and I can't cut a straight line even if you were to put a chocolate cake in front of me for a prize.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
@sallypup Ohhh, well then, you sound dangerous!
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@JudyEv (136720)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
I've heard of 'put it on the slate' and 'on the cuff' sounds vaguely familiar. Have you heard the song about the guy that washes a potential girlfriend's name off the cuff of his shirt? It was sung by Guy Mitchell.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
No, I don't remember that one, will have to look it up.
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@JudyEv (136720)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
@JamesHxstatic You're probably not old enough. I remember once before you weren't old enough.
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@db20747 (10304)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
11 Feb
That's what I'm going to tell my aunt, the next time she lends me money?
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
Sure, why not give it a try?
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@TRBRocks420 (84292)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Feb
This one is new to me as well.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
It goes way back, TR.
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@kobesbuddy (57355)
• East Tawas, Michigan
11 Feb
Nope, I've never heard this before today. Put it on my tab, that's the one I'm familiar with:)
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
That is a lot more modern.
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@moffittjc (46072)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Feb
I have never heard of this saying; it's a new one to me. Are you saying you were around back before cash registers were invented? lol
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
No, but shortly after,
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@moffittjc (46072)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Feb
@JamesHxstatic Oh, so you're just a youngin' then!
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
@moffittjc At a distance, I am wearing and hat and walking fast, I could be mistaken for one, maybe.
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@LadyDuck (182041)
• Switzerland
11 Feb
This is the first time I hear this saying, I learnt something new today. I also cut my husband hair, I do since 1999, I think he owes me a lot of money.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
Well Anna, just put it on the cuff.
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@LadyDuck (182041)
• Switzerland
11 Feb
@JamesHxstatic This is what I do, I ask for an invitation to a restaurant time by time.
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@jstory07 (71123)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Feb
I never heard that before. I thought they put it on a tab.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
That is a another way to say the same thing. The one I wrote about goes way back.
phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at The Phrase Finder | Search | Discussion Forum Home| Posted by Rube on April 29, 2004 In Reply to: Off The Cuff posted by ESC on April 28, 2004 "On the cuff apparently arose at the turn of the century. Since barte
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@jstory07 (71123)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Feb
@JamesHxstatic Never heard it before. I always learn something new on here every day.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
@jstory07 Me too Judy.
@teamfreak16 (42038)
• Denver, Colorado
12 Feb
Nope, that's a new one on me. I've heard "off the cuff," but not "on."
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Feb
Well, speaking "off the cuff," I don't recall where I first heard "on the cuff," but it was many years ago.
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• China
11 Feb
I have never heard of the "on the cuff" ,just know "off the cuff".You do it at home without going to the barber's .
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
Yes and it saves at least $20 a month.
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@RasmaSandra (20312)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
11 Feb
No this is a new one on me. Thanks for sharing. It is interesting. I know another interesting saying. You are living the life of Riley with your won private hairdresser.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
Yes, of course with my lack of hair it is not too big a job.
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@andriaperry (61048)
• Anniston, Alabama
11 Feb
Nope that is a new one for me. I cut hair too, Tony`s, I did my dad`s and I have done my sisters, I trim my own in front. I have always cut hair, even my barbie dolls hair,
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb
Anne is quite experienced as well, even cuts the back of her hair very well.
@Hannihar (44247)
12 Nov
@JamesHxstatic I have never heard of that before. It is very interesting and thank you James for explaining it to us. I love the picture in the post.
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• United States
11 Feb
Never heard it, but it's nice.
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