speak off-the-cuff

speak off-the-cuff

Fig. to speak without preparing a speech; to speak extemporaneously; to render a spoken opinion or estimate. (As if one's notes had been written hastily on one's cuff.) she is capable of making sense and being convincing even when she speaks off—the-cuff. I find it very difficult to speak off-the-cuff.
See also: speak
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It was important for Nashashibi to have them speak off-the-cuff and for their dialogue to develop through the lens of experience.
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President Zardari, grist to the laughter of the gods when he chooses to speak off-the-cuff, says that any attempt to subvert democracy will be foiled.