1. (US black) to hit, to fight.
|Wolfville 113: She takes it out in cuffin’ the yearlin’s now an’ then, jest to keep ’em yellin’.|
|Fighting Blood 366: I won’t cuff you because I’m sorry for you.|
|(con. 1880–90s) I Knock at the Door 229: A few Fenian faces in the crowd among the Irish [...] were soon collared by the police, an’ cuffed out of the vicinity.|
|We Are the Public Enemies 95: Now he began to cuff Beuloah Baird around, just, for the hell of it.|
|Little Men, Big World 65: She’s figuring she’ll do something wrong without knowing it and you’ll cuff her around.|
|Breaking Out 290: Dickie King stepped forward and cuffed Willie right across the left ear.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 104: The largest number of fight terms deals with fist-fights (to [...] thump, to cuff).|
2. to defeat (in a competition).
|Glue 51: The whistle goes again, n it’s over, we’ve cuffed them.|
SE in slang uses
see under carrot n.
1. of one’s knees, to knock together.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: To knock Anthony, said of a inkneed person, or one whose knees knock together n.p.: To cuff Jonas, said of one who is knock kneed, or who beats his sides to keep himself warm in frosty weather.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn).|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
2. to strike the hands under the armpits to warm them.
|, , ,||see sense 1.|
see beat one’s/the dummy under dummy n.3