Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cuff n.2

[the practice of pencilling debts in shops or bars on a celluloid cuff]

[late 19C+] (US) credit, both lit. and fig.

In derivatives

cufferoo (adj.) [-eroo sfx]

[1940s] (US) free; also as n, one who obtains services for free.

In phrases

on the cuff (orig. US)

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].

swing the cuff (v.)

[1910s] to obtain on credit or for free.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

cuff-and-collar brigade (n.) (also collar and cuff brigade)

1. [1900s] (Aus.) office workers; thus the respectable middle-class.

2. [1910s] a dandy, or one who poses as such.

cuffs and collar (adj.) (also collar-and-cuffs, cuff and collar) [as opposed to more casual attire]

[late 19C–1900s] (Aus.) middle-class, prissy, pernickety.

cuffs and collars (n.) (also collars and cuffs)

[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.

cuff-shooter (n.) [his continual ‘shooting’ of his cuffs]

[late 19C–1900s] a clerk.