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handcuff Line breaks: hand|cuff
Pronunciation: /ˈhan(d)kʌf/

Definition of handcuff in English:


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.
informal cuffs, bracelets, darbies
rare gyves, wristlets, snips, stringers


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Put handcuffs on (someone): he was led into court handcuffed to a policeman
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.
restrain, secure, put handcuffs on, put someone in irons, clap someone in irons, put someone in chains
informal cuff
rare enfetter, gyve
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