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handcuff

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noun hand·cuff \ˈhan(d)-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 in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of handcuff from the Web

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First Known Use of handcuff

1649


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handcuff

verb hand·cuff

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 in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of handcuff from the Web

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First Known Use of handcuff

1649


HANDCUFF Defined for English Language Learners

handcuff

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Definition of handcuff for English Language Learners

  • : to put handcuffs on (someone)


HANDCUFF Defined for Kids

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handcuff

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noun hand·cuff \ˈhand-ˌkəf\

Definition of handcuff for Students

  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 for Students

handcuffed

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handcuffing

  1. :  to put handcuffs on



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