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handcuff

[hand-kuhf] /ˈhændˌkʌf/
noun
1.
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)
2.
to put handcuffs on.
3.
to restrain or thwart (someone) by or as if by handcuffing:
The amendments handcuffed the committee and prevented further action.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; hand + cuff1
Related forms
unhandcuff, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for handcuffs

handcuff

/ˈhændˌkʌf/
verb
1.
(transitive) to put handcuffs on (a person); manacle
noun
2.
(pl) a pair of locking metal rings joined by a short bar or chain for securing prisoners, etc
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Word Origin and History for handcuffs

handcuff

n.

1640s as a decorative addition to a sleeve; 1690s as a type of restraining device, from hand (n.) + cuff (n.). Old English had hondcops "a pair of hand cuffs," but the modern word is a re-invention. The verb is first attested 1720. Related: Handcuffed; handcuffing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for handcuffs

handcuffs

Related Terms

golden handcuffs


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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