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(figuratively) To restrain or restrict.
Possibly influenced by Old English handcops, from hand + cops (“fetter, chains”), but due to lack of continuity (centuries between Old English and modern term), generally analyzed as a re-invention.
1775, from hand + cuff (“end of shirtsleeve”).
Dean could hear him jump up and he felt the left handcuff being unfastened and a key being pressed into his hand.
He was behind Dean and before Dean could realize what was happening, Winston grabbed his right arm and with a quick metallic click Dean was securely fastened to the brass bedpost by a steel handcuff.
This "handcuff" move, if not released before the match timer reached zero, would effectively freeze the game, forcing players to physically reset the machine.
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