- 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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It was eight o'clock, according to the watch on the unhandcuffed wrist, and things were going on.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 unhandcuffed
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