darbies

[ dahr-beez ]
/ ˈdɑr biz /
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plural noun British Slang.

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

Definition for darbies (2 of 2)

darby

[ dahr-bee ]
/ ˈdɑr bi /

noun, plural dar·bies. Building Trades.

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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British Dictionary definitions for darbies (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for darbies (2 of 2)

Darby

/ (ˈdɑːbɪ) /

noun

Abraham. 1677–1717, British iron manufacturer: built the first coke-fired blast furnace (1709)

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