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off the cuff

without any planning I could give an opinion off the cuff, but I'd rather think about it.
Usage notes: usually said about spoken statements
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off the cuff

Impromptu, extemporaneous, as in His speech was entirely off the cuff. This term supposedly alludes to the practice of speakers making last-minute notes on the cuff of a shirtsleeve. [1930s]
See also: cuff, off

off the cuff

In an extemporaneous or informal manner.
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