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handcuff

Syllabification: hand·cuff
Pronunciation: /ˈhan(d)ˌkəf
 
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Definition of handcuff in English:

noun

(handcuffs)
A pair of lockable linked metal rings for securing a prisoner’s wrists.
Example sentences
  • He waved a pair of handcuffs under his prisoner's nose, forcing him to notice the razor sharp inner edges.
  • It's not until they are carrying me away, not until I can feel the cold metal of the handcuffs biting into my wrists, that it sinks in I just shot Santa Claus.
  • I suddenly felt cold metal handcuffs slap on my wrists.
Synonyms
informal cuffs, bracelets

verb

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Put handcuffs on (someone): he was led into court handcuffed to a policeman figurative he will not allow his training to handcuff his creativity
More example sentences
  • Inside, a lone police officer is handcuffed to a bed with no other person on board.
  • Prisoners are routinely handcuffed to basketball hoops and hung for 30 days or longer.
  • She asked him to get out of the cruiser after she arrested him, and she then searched him and handcuffed him.
Synonyms
manacle, shackle, fetter;
restrain, clap/put someone in irons
informal cuff

Words that rhyme with handcuff

earmuffpowder puff

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