[late 19C+] (US) credit, both lit. and fig.
[1940s] (US) free; also as n, one who obtains services for free.
1. [1910s+] on account, on credit; thus put on the cuff, to give credit, to ask for credit.
2. [1920s+] for free.
3. [1940s+] (N.Z.) excessive; usu. as a bit on the cuff [? rhy. sl. = SE rough].
[1910s] to obtain on credit or for free.
SE in slang uses
1. [1900s] (Aus.) office workers; thus the respectable middle-class.
2. [1910s] a dandy, or one who poses as such.
[late 19C–1900s] (Aus.) middle-class, prissy, pernickety.
[1960s+] a ref. to pubic hair that matches the colour of the visible hair; thus ostensibly proving that a woman is not dyeing her hair.
[late 19C–1900s] a clerk.