Definition of darbies in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɑːbɪz/

plural noun

archaic, informal
Example sentences
  • The quality of their handcuffs is quite close to darbies that have been made in Great Britain - the fine workmanship differs significantly from the crude stuff that comes from India.
  • The great escapist simply banged the darbies on the pillar and walked off.
  • When he conned Scotland Yard detectives into trying their "darbies" (handcuffs), they locked Houdini's arms around a stone pillar and left him to suffer.


Late 17th century: allusive use of Father Darby's bands, a rigid form of agreement which put debtors in the power of moneylenders, possibly from the name of a 16th-century usurer.

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