Where's that mondegreens topic again? I always thought "shoots his cuffs" was "shoots his cups", as in he tosses downs his booze, which made sense after hearing what he'd had for breakfast. "Shoots his cuffs" is actually a more evocative image though. I like it. -- Spiff
Through the magic of occupational bynames, Gardener, Cook, and Driver can be names.
SHOOTING YOUR CUFFS - "goes back to the days when celluloid collars and cuffs were the salesman's answer to the laundry problem when on the road. With the high-buttoned jackets of the period, the collar and cuffs were all that showed, and since celluloid could be wiped clean with a damp cloth, a drummer of the period could make a shirt last a week. One of the showy tricks of dandies of the day was to 'shoot their cuffs,' which a dictionary of the period defines as 'making a sudden and ostentatious display of one's cuffs.'." "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins" by William and Mary Morris (HarperCollins, New York, 1977, 1988).
The men shot their cuffs and the women stuck their combs more firmly into their back hair.