- 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 handcuffs
“Defendant moved his hands in a manner so as to avoid the application of handcuffs to his wrists,” the complaint says.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
He had been left hanging, by handcuffs and not allowed to lower his arms for 22 hours each day for two consecutive days.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
Whenever I left the room I had ear muffs, handcuffs and a blindfold placed upon me.
“While in the building, I was kept on a hard floor in handcuffs and in leg irons,” he says.
“[I] had ear muffs placed over my ears, my eyes were blindfolded, and I was placed in handcuffs,” he reports.
They had at the time two or three of his neighbours in handcuffs as prisoners.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
The girl shook the links of the handcuffs in a gesture stronger than words.Within the Law
"Come along," said the impassive Stoliker, taking the handcuffs from his pocket.
I do not object in the least to the handcuffs; and, if you are dying to handcuff somebody, handcuff me.
Stoliker slipped the handcuffs into his pocket again, and mounted his horse.
- (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 handcuffs
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