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handcuff

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noun hand·cuff \-ˌkəf\

Definition of handcuff

  1. :  a metal fastening that can be locked around a wrist and is usually connected by a chain or bar with another such fastening —usually used in plural



Examples of handcuff

  1. <the man reluctantly held out his wrists so the policeman could snap on handcuffs>



1695

First Known Use of handcuff

1695


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handcuff

verb hand·cuff

Simple Definition of handcuff

  • : to put handcuffs on (someone)

Full Definition of handcuff

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to apply handcuffs to :  manacle

  3. 2 :  to hold in check :  make ineffective or powerless <handcuffed by strict regulations>

Examples of handcuff

  1. <wanted to take the trip, but was handcuffed by her responsibility to watch her ailing father>

  2. <the fear that the new mandatory, standardized tests will handcuff the state's teachers, who will have to specifically tailor their lesson plans for the test>



1691

First Known Use of handcuff

1691


HANDCUFF Defined for Kids

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handcuff

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noun hand·cuff \ˈhand-ˌkəf\

Definition of handcuff

  1. :  a metal ring that can be locked around a person's wrist —usually used in pl.




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handcuff

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verb hand·cuff

Definition of handcuff

hand·cuffedhand·cuff·ing

  1. :  to put handcuffs on





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