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golden handcuffs

noun
1.
a series of raises, bonuses, etc., given at specified intervals or tied to length of employment so as to keep an executive from leaving the company.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90
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  • We make a lot of money from him, and suddenly you're wearing golden handcuffs.
British Dictionary definitions for golden handcuffs

golden handcuffs

plural noun
1.
(informal) payments deferred over a number of years that induce a person to stay with a particular company or in a particular job
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golden handcuffs

noun phrase

Arrangements, options, perquisites, etc, that induce one to stay in one's job: These ties that bind have become known in industry as golden handcuffs (1976+)


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Idioms and Phrases with golden handcuffs

golden handcuffs

Financial benefits that an employee will lose upon resigning, as in The company's presented all the middle managers with golden handcuffs, so they can't afford to leave. This slangy business expression dates from the 1970s.
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