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darbies

[dahr-beez] /ˈdɑr biz/
plural noun, British Slang.
1.
handcuffs; manacles.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; probably from the phrase Darby's bonds a rigid bond, perhaps named after a noted 16th-century usurer

darby

[dahr-bee] /ˈdɑr bi/
noun, plural darbies. Building Trades.
1.
a float having two handles, used by plasterers.
Origin
1565-75; perhaps after a proper name or Derby, England
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British Dictionary definitions for darbies

darbies

/ˈdɑːbɪz/
plural noun
1.
(Brit) short for handcuffs See handcuff
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from the phrase Father Derby's or Father Darby's bonds, a rigid agreement between a usurer and his client

Darby

/ˈdɑːbɪ/
noun
1.
Abraham. 1677–1717, British iron manufacturer: built the first coke-fired blast furnace (1709)
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