darbies

[ dahr-beez ]
/ ˈdɑr biz /

plural noun British Slang.

handcuffs; manacles.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for darbies

darbies
/ (ˈdɑːbɪz) /

pl n

British short for handcuffsSee handcuff

Word Origin for darbies

C16: perhaps from the phrase Father Derby's or Father Darby's bonds, a rigid agreement between a usurer and his client
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