handcuff

noun
hand·cuff | \ˈhan(d)-ˌkəf \

Definition of handcuff 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

handcuff

verb
handcuffed; handcuffing; handcuffs

Definition of handcuff (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to apply handcuffs to : manacle

2 : to hold in check : make ineffective or powerless handcuffed by strict regulations

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Examples of handcuff in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

wanted to take the trip, but was handcuffed by her responsibility to watch her ailing father 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The girlfriend showed the deputy a picture Johnston sent her of a handgun, handcuffs, a gold ICE belt badge and a Homeland Security ID card featuring Johnston’s picture and the DHS seal, court records said. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Everyone thought he was an ICE agent. His girlfriend stumbled into the truth, records say | The Sacramento Bee," 22 May 2018 His handcuffs were removed before the jury entered the room. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Murder trial for first teen charged in Grunwald slaying begins in Palmer," 15 May 2018 Police in Friendswood broke out their handcuffs and a mop Thursday night after a mother's outburst outside a school play injured an officer and eventually flooded the city's jail. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Police: Allegedly drunk Texas mother thrown out of school play, kicks officer, floods city jail," 15 May 2018 Toscha Sponsler, 33, slips out of her handcuffs in a police vehicle in Lufkin and steals it while the arresting officers are searching her belongings. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Dad says son bragged about stealing cop's gun, burglarizing cars — so he called 911 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 Nancy apparently fought back, getting free of her handcuffs and removing the goggles. Juan Ortega, www.feloniousflorida.com, "The Kidnap Kit," 24 Apr. 2018 Smith drops f-bombs while griping to the deputies about not wanting his handcuffs put on too tight. Brett Clarkson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Video shows deputies draining the swamp of a foul-mouthed Florida man," 18 Apr. 2018 After the bailiff removed their handcuffs, Kirby told the two 17-year-olds and their parents that regardless of the teens' motive or their intentions, Warren County takes every threat seriously. Mike Schell, Cincinnati.com, "Judge turns to polygraph testing for students accused of school threats," 7 Mar. 2018 In a flash, the 33-year-old Guatemalan was in handcuffs, in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, headed to jail and probable deportation. Nomaan Merchant, Cincinnati.com, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Duran was airlifted to a hospital while Ayon was handcuffed and put in a holding cell. Josh Magness, sacbee, "Inmate killed this convicted child molester who just arrived at prison, authorities say," 12 July 2018 The only win is a lulu — a near no-hitter for right-hander Storm Davis, the youngest Oriole who handcuffs the Tigers, 3-1. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Remembering 1983: A look at the Orioles' world championship for the week of June 24-30," 24 June 2018 Shortly after that, the video, which involves minors whose names were not released, shows the officer handcuffing the young man and sitting him down on front of a police SUV. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Video of Dyer police frisking black men who were helping a friend's broken-down truck prompts calls for investigation," 15 June 2018 What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by unlawful use of physical force, including being handcuffed and tased, and then unlawfully booked. German Lopez, Vox, "NBA player Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee police over violent arrest," 20 June 2018 Later, Copeland and Hart were handcuffed before they were released without criminal charges and allowed to pay their bill. Niki Mcgloster, Essence.com, "A Couple Was Arrested At Waffle House For Disputing An Orange Juice Charge," 14 June 2018 When the driver refused and asked for a supervisor, he was forcefully removed, handcuffed and struck several times by the suspect, the release said. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Cops: Man impersonating Clayton County deputy attacks, steals money from driver," 9 June 2018 The original Staircase ended suddenly with Michael Peterson being handcuffed and sent away, even though the court doesn’t have enough evidence to prove his guilt. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Review: Whether Old or New, The Staircase Offers No Easy Answers," 8 June 2018 Children see their mom or dad suddenly subjected to force, shoved out of cars, handcuffed and then simply spirited away. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Another Glimpse of State Terror in Trump’s America," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of handcuff

Noun

1649, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Oct 2018

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The first known use of handcuff was in 1649

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More Definitions for handcuff

handcuff

verb

English Language Learners Definition of handcuff

: to put handcuffs on (someone)

handcuff

noun
hand·cuff | \ˈhand-ˌkəf \

Kids Definition of handcuff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

handcuff

verb
handcuffed; handcuffing

Kids Definition of handcuff (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put handcuffs on

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