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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HANDCUFF

I do not object in the least to the handcuffs; and, if you are dying to handcuff somebody, handcuff me.

Clarkson, stop playing with that tape and handcuff the prisoner.

This bar was two feet in length, and at each end of it was a handcuff.

We might handcuff them all without the slightest difficulty.

The men shook hands and Clark looked curiously at Don's handcuff.

This time there was no doubt it came from the brief case chained to his handcuff.

So the jailor, showing no favoritism, had seen fit to handcuff young Jim.

He said his orders from the Judge were to handcuff and chain us together.

He said his orders were from the Judge to handcuff us and chain us together.

I have been obliged now and then to handcuff a friend who was so modest as to wish to withdraw.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s as a decorative addition to a sleeve; 1690s as a type of restraining device, from hand (n.) + cuff (n.). Old English had hondcops "a pair of hand cuffs," but the modern word is a re-invention. The verb is first attested 1720. Related: Handcuffed; handcuffing.

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