handcuff

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English[edit]

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A pair of standard law enforcement handcuffs.

Etymology[edit]

1640, from hand +‎ cuff (end of shirtsleeve).[1]

Possibly an adaptation of Middle English handcops (shackles for the hand, handcuffs), from Old English handcops, from hand + cops, cosp (fetter, chains), but due to lack of continuity (centuries between Old English and modern term), generally analyzed as a re-invention.[1]

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Noun[edit]

handcuff (plural handcuffs)

  1. One ring of a locking fetter for the hand or one pair.

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Verb[edit]

handcuff (third-person singular simple present handcuffs, present participle handcuffing, simple past and past participle handcuffed)

  1. To apply handcuffs to; to manacle. - Hay (1754)
  2. (figuratively) to restrain or restrict.
    Dang, I’m handcuffed by these regulations. I’d like to help but it’d be illegal.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 handcuff” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).