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golden handcuffs

[ gohl-duhn hand-kuhfs ]
/ ˈgoʊl dən ˈhændˌkʌfs /
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plural noun
incentives like bonuses, raises, insurance plans, and flexible hours that discourage employees from leaving a company: She wasn’t especially happy in her job, but the healthcare benefits were the golden handcuffs that kept her from looking elsewhere.
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Origin of golden handcuffs

First recorded in 1985–90
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British Dictionary definitions for golden handcuffs

golden handcuffs

pl n
informal payments deferred over a number of years that induce a person to stay with a particular company or in a particular job
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Other Idioms and Phrases with golden handcuffs

golden handcuffs

Financial benefits that an employee will lose upon resigning, as in The company's presented all the middle managers with golden handcuffs, so they can't afford to leave. This slangy business expression dates from the 1970s.

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