[ dahr-beez ]

plural nounBritish Slang.
  1. 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

Words Nearby darbies

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How to use darbies in a sentence

  • Trimm, the swell financeer, sportin' 'round with the darbies on him all nice an' snug an' reg'lar!

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm | Irvin S. Cobb
  • It don't make any difference what his game is, right here is where he gets into a pair of darbies.

    Motor Matt's Daring Rescue | Stanley R. Matthews
  • Here, constables, put the darbies on 'em, and take 'em back to Hobarton.'

    The Book of the Bush | George Dunderdale
  • Look at the wee han's on 'em to slip out of darbies like the same.

    Tropic Days | E. J. Banfield
  • I have put the darbies on the most terrible ruffian of modern times.'

    The Exploits of Juve | Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain

British Dictionary definitions for darbies


/ (ˈdɑːbɪz) /

pl n
  1. British short for handcuffs: See handcuff

Origin of 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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