- handcuffs; manacles.
Origin of darbies
First recorded in 1565–75; probably from the phrase Darby's bonds a rigid bond, perhaps named after a noted 16th-century usurer
- a float having two handles, used by plasterers.
Origin of darby
1565–75; perhaps after a proper name or Derby, England
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Examples from the Web for darbies
That's not in my department, I shall have the darbies on him some day.
Look at the wee han's on 'em to slip out of darbies like the same.Tropic Days
E. J. Banfield
I have put the darbies on the most terrible ruffian of modern times.'The Exploits of Juve
Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
Here, constables, put the darbies on 'em, and take 'em back to Hobarton.'The Book of the Bush
And then the darbies were on him, and soon after they were off me.The Torch and Other Tales
- British short for handcuffsSee handcuff
C16: perhaps from the phrase Father Derby's or Father Darby's bonds, a rigid agreement between a usurer and his client
- Abraham. 1677–1717, British iron manufacturer: built the first coke-fired blast furnace (1709)
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