Definition of handcuff in English:


Syllabification: hand·cuff
Pronunciation: /ˈhan(d)ˌkəf


  • A pair of lockable linked metal rings for securing a prisoner’s wrists.
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    • 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.
    manacles, shackles, irons, fetters, bonds, restraints
    informal cuffs, bracelets


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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
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    • 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.
    manacle, shackle, fetter; restrain, clap/put someone in irons
    informal cuff

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