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handcuff

noun

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usually handcuffs plural something that physically prevents free movement
  • the man reluctantly held out his wrists so the policeman could snap on handcuffs

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handcuff

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of handcuff (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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

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The first known use of handcuff was in 1649

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“Handcuff.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/handcuff. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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