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Shoot one's cuffs

Posted by ESC on February 21, 2003

In Reply to: Shoot one's cuffs posted by Nanoushke on February 21, 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?

Yes. Let me give my references a little look see and I'll get back to you. Sorry I didn't see your question before. Maybe it doesn't happen with well-tailored men.