a ring-shaped metal device that can be locked around a person's wrist, usually one of a pair connected by a short chain or linked bar; shackle: The police put handcuffs on the suspect.
verb (used with object)
to put handcuffs on.
to restrain or thwart (someone) by or as if by handcuffing: The amendments handcuffed the committee and prevented further action.

1635–45; hand + cuff1

unhandcuff, verb (used with object)
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handcuff (ˈhændˌkʌf)
1.  (tr) to put handcuffs on (a person); manacle
2.  (plural) a pair of locking metal rings joined by a short bar or chain for securing prisoners, etc

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Word Origin & History

1775, from hand + cuff. The verb is first attested 1720. O.E. had hondcops "a pair of hand cuffs," but the modern word is a re-invention.
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Example sentences
Tech companies handcuff our files to protect against digital pirates.
We talked with one of the protestors as he watched the police handcuff one of
  his friends.
So saying, they handcuff him, and carry him away to the regiment.
It certainly might, but only if credit markets don't handcuff shippers.
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