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handcuff

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of handcuff

  1. usually handcuffs pl  something that physically prevents free movement <the man reluctantly held out his wrists so the policeman could snap on handcuffs> Synonyms band, bind, bracelet, chain, cuff(s), fetter, bond(s), irons, ligature, manacle(s), shackleRelated Words captivity, confinement, constraint, curb, enchainment, enslavement, hindrance, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, restraint, restriction; entanglement, net, trammel, trap; collar, straitjacket (also straightjacket); fastener, hobble, hold, hold-down, holding, tie




handcuff

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of handcuff

  1. 1 to confine or restrain with or as if with chains <wanted to take the trip, but was handcuffed by her responsibility to watch her ailing father> Synonyms chain, enchain, enfetter, fetter, gyve, bind, manacle, pinion, shackle, trammelRelated Words bit, hobble, hog-tie, iron, lash, secure, tie, truss; attach, fasten, join, link; confine, constrain, curb, hamper, hinder, impede; limit, restrict; entangle, tangleNear Antonyms emancipate, free, liberate, loose, release, rescue; undo, unfasten, untangle, untie; detach, disengageAntonyms unbind, unfetter, unshackle

  2. 2 to create difficulty for the work or activity of <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> Synonyms clog, cramp, embarrass, encumber, fetter, hamper, handicap, hinder, hobble, hog-tie, hold back, hold up, impede, inhibit, interfere (with), manacle, obstruct, shackle, short-circuit, stymie, tie up, trammelRelated Words balk, check, constrain, curb, rein, restrain; bind, chain, halter, leash, tether, tie; arrest, brake, delay, retain, retard; barricade, block, blockade, roadblock; bog (down), mire; choke, smother, stifle, strangle, suffocate; baffle, foil, frustrate, stump, thwart; derail, disrupt, sabotage; muzzle, repress, suppress; confine, hedge (in), hem (in)Near Antonyms clear, make way, open, unclog, unplug, unstop; free, liberate, release, untie; loosen, smooth; encourage, further, promoteAntonyms aid, assist, facilitate, help




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