handcuffs

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English[edit]

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A pair of handcuffs.

Etymology[edit]

1775, from hand +‎ cuff (end of shirtsleeve).[1]

Possibly influenced by Old English handcops, from hand + cops (fetter, chains), but due to lack of continuity (centuries between Old English and modern term), generally analyzed as a re-invention.[1]

Noun[edit]

handcuffs

  1. (plural only) A fastening consisting of two metal rings, designed to go around a person's wrists, and connected by a chain or hinge.
    • 2014, Ian Black, "Courts kept busy as Jordan works to crush support for Isis", The Guardian, 27 November 2014:
      Security is tight inside and outside the building, guarded by a bewildering collection of soldiers, policemen and gendarmes. Relatives watch as prisoners in handcuffs and leg irons shuffle past.
  2. plural form of handcuff

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Verb[edit]

handcuffs

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of handcuff

References[edit]

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