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darby

[dahr-bee] /ˈdɑr bi/
noun, plural darbies. Building Trades.
1.
a float having two handles, used by plasterers.
Origin of darby
1565-1575
1565-75; perhaps after a proper name or Derby, England

Darby

[dahr-bee] /ˈdɑr bi/
noun
1.
a city in SE Pennsylvania.

darbies

[dahr-beez] /ˈdɑr biz/
plural noun, British Slang.
1.
handcuffs; manacles.
Origin
1565-75; probably from the phrase Darby's bonds a rigid bond, perhaps named after a noted 16th-century usurer
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  • darby had dared to throw down a very imposing card-edifice, and for the moment the fellow was odious to him.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • "Miss darby, or I am mistaken," said he, with a bow of marked civility.

  • darby listened to the recital in amazement and shook his head sadly over the delinquency of the late Lord Garvington.

    Red Money Fergus Hume
  • The vessel of Captain darby was the first that reached the rock by nearly an hour.

  • darby rose from his seat, and shading his eyes with his hand, took a deliberate survey of the court.

British Dictionary definitions for darby

Darby

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

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
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