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Shoot one's cuffs

Posted by Nanoushke on February 21, 2003

In Reply to: Shoot one's cuffs posted by ESC on February 19, 2003

: : I am baffled by this phrase, which appears in Jane Austin-era novels: "He shot his cuffs." Any ideas? The action is often modified with "angrily" or "quickly."

: It's a arm jerking gesture that causes the jacket sleeve to pull up and the shirt cuffs to show.

ESC, I have just about jerked my arms out of their sockets trying to make my cuffs show, and it ain't happenin'. Are you sure about this?