darbies

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darbies

  1. plural of darby
  2. (Britain, slang) handcuffs
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 73, [1]
      Who's afraid of him, except the old governor who daresn't catch him and put him in double-darbies, as he deserves, but lets him go about kidnapping people []
    • 1885, Lewis Carroll, "A Tangled Tale" in The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll, New York: Vintage, 1976, p. 1058,
      And he says, 'I'll go along quiet, Bobby,' he says, 'without the darbies,' he says.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Penguin, 1992, p. 592,
      Second watch: (Produces handcuffs) Here are the darbies.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 26, [2]
      Sentry, are you there? / Just ease this darbies at the wrist, and roll me over fair, / I am sleepy, and the oozy weeds about me twist.

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