- 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.
- to put handcuffs on.
- to restrain or thwart (someone) by or as if by handcuffing: The amendments handcuffed the committee and prevented further action.
Origin of handcuff
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Examples from the Web for handcuff
Tihen had insisted he was in her lap as she struggled to handcuff him.From Ferguson Cop Embroiled in a Brutality Suit to City Councilwoman
August 20, 2014
But she surprised these cops just as she had the officers back in December, when she managed to wiggle free of a handcuff.In Months Before Wild Capitol Scene, Miriam Carey Battled Psychosis
October 5, 2013
There are psychological chains and restraints that are so much stronger than any steel chain or handcuff.For the Cleveland Kidnapping Victims, a Tragic Sisterhood
May 10, 2013
Police say that Thomas resisted arrested, so they had to handcuff her and forced her to the ground.In Los Angeles, Questions of Police Brutality Dog LAPD
November 24, 2012
Court documents say she was nude with a handcuff still attached to her wrist.He Wanted to Kill 50 Women
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August 18, 2010
I do not object in the least to the handcuffs; and, if you are dying to handcuff somebody, handcuff me.In the Midst of Alarms
Clarkson, stop playing with that tape and handcuff the prisoner.
This bar was two feet in length, and at each end of it was a handcuff.The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck
We might handcuff them all without the slightest difficulty.Will Weatherhelm
The men shook hands and Clark looked curiously at Don's handcuff.And Then the Town Took Off
- (tr) to put handcuffs on (a person); manacle
- (plural) 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 handcuff
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