handcuff

[hand-kuhf]
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noun

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.

verb (used with object)

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

First recorded in 1635–45; hand + cuff1
Related formsun·hand·cuff, verb (used with object)
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Examples from the Web for unhandcuffed

Historical Examples of unhandcuffed

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


British Dictionary definitions for unhandcuffed

handcuff

verb

(tr) to put handcuffs on (a person); manacle

noun

(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

handcuff

n.

1640s as a decorative addition to a sleeve; 1690s as a type of restraining device, from hand (n.) + cuff (n.). Old English had hondcops "a pair of hand cuffs," but the modern word is a re-invention. The verb is first attested 1720. Related: Handcuffed; handcuffing.

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