Handcuff definition

hăndkŭf
To put handcuffs on (a person).
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To restrain or render ineffective.
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To check or hinder the activities of.
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A restraining device consisting of a pair of strong, connected hoops that can be tightened and locked about the wrists and used on one or both arms of a prisoner in custody.
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One ring of a locking fetter for the hand or one pair.
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To apply handcuffs to; to manacle. - Hay (1754)
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(figuratively) To restrain or restrict.

Dang, I’m handcuffed by these regulations. I’d like to help but it’d be illegal.

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Either of a pair of connected metal rings that can be locked about the wrists, as in restraining a prisoner.
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To put handcuffs on; manacle.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
handcuff
Plural:
handcuffs

Origin of handcuff

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 1775, from hand +‎ cuff (“end of shirtsleeve”).

    From Wiktionary