Put it "on the cuff" I told her
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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• Eugene, Oregon
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