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1handcuff

noun hand·cuff \-ˌkəf\

Definition of HANDCUFF

:  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>

First Known Use of HANDCUFF

1695

2handcuff

verb

: to put handcuffs on (someone)

Full Definition of HANDCUFF

transitive verb
1
:  to apply handcuffs to :  manacle
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>

First Known Use of HANDCUFF

1691

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