What Does Uncuffing Mean in a Text?

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Uncuffing means "Ditching A Long-Term Partner."

In dating related chat, uncuffing is a reference to removing handcuffs. It is used to refer to the act of leaving a long-term relationship or getting divorced. For example:
  • Jo is uncuffing from Sam. Game on!
  • Ali and Les are getting uncuffed! What a shame.
Uncuffing is based on the idea that people who are in a long-term relationship are cuffed (i.e., wearing handcuffs).

For a full list of dating related abbreviations and other terms, check out our digital dating page.

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When I write uncuffing, I mean this:

meaning of uncuffing

"Ditching A Long-Term Partner"

Summary of Key Points

Definition for Uncuffing

"Ditching A Long-Term Partner" is the most common meaning for uncuffing on online dating sites, such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and, as well as in texts and on chat forums.
Definition:Ditching A Long-Term Partner
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at Uncuffing

Uncuffing is a slang word. Slang refers to words, phrases and uses of language that are regarded as very informal and which are often restricted to a special context or a particular group of users.

Example of uncuffing Used in a Text

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