• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cuffin kuf′in a man: a justice of the peace.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Thieves' slang.


In literature:

Youse know more 'bout cuffin' ole Jack an' Ned dan youse do 'bout fixin' yer hair.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
Then I goes home, not sure whether I'd set the scene for an ear cuffin', or had plugged him in on a through wire.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
He'd start cuffin' some of them over the head when it was time to stop eatin' and go back to work.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
And besides, I seed the pleece a kickin' and a cuffin' of young Leathers for shyin' snowballs at the busties.
"A Little World" by George Manville Fenn
I kin keep you boys in good vittles, but I can't keep dem mens fum cuffin' you round if dey git mad.
"Captain Ted" by Louis Pendleton
Talk about bein' sailors an' then cuffin' the cook when you're goin' to eat aft!
"A Runaway Brig;" by James Otis
They were all over us now, a-hand cuffin' the nigga's like a lot of cattle with halters.
"The Forged Note" by Oscar Micheaux

In poetry:

Tha'rt a rough en;--aye tha art,--an aw'll bet
Just as ready. Tha ne'er lived as a pet,
Aw can tell.
Ther's noa mistress weshed thi skin, cooam'd thi heead;
Net mich pettin; kicks an cuffins oft asteead,
Like mysel.
"A Lucky Dog" by John Hartley