Cuffing is the Harambe of dating: a meme-worthy concept that has persevered for so long that it has become a part of the lexicon. However, unlike Harambe the gorilla's passing, "cuffing season" has led to zero casualties. Well... unless you count heartbreak. "Cuffing" yourself to someone for a season so that you don't have to fully commit to a relationship can obviously lead to hurt feelings. I would posit that most of these hurt feelings are due to a lack of communication between the cuffs. But now that it's spring, time's up — if you want to uncuff, address your cuff directly.
Hot tip about breaking something off: hints don't work. They especially don't work when you're telling someone you've been intimate with that you no longer want to smush body parts together. Sure, you can refuse their advances and roll away from them in bed... if you're a butthead! You could hint that you're not over it by gradually sending shorter and shorter texts until they ask you, "How was your day?" and you reply with, "Eh," but that's a super-jerk move.
And even if you're down with being a butthead, dropping hints is not the most efficient route to get back to being truly single. Hints are easily ignored. Case in point: when I first decided the long brown hairs on my legs needed to go, I tried the route of hinting to my mom before asking her outright. My hints were aggressive, I would drape my legs over the backseat of the car whining about how hairy they were. Or walk my mom over to the razors aisle at CVS and stare at the Venus' admiringly. Spoiler: she didn't let me shave my legs until I asked her directly.
You are not 11-years-old, so treat your cuff like the leg hair I so desperately wanted to get rid of, and be straightforward with them already. Here are four red flags that you have not been direct, and your cuff has a 12 percent or less idea that you're over the "relationship."