Definition of darbies in English:

darbies

plural noun

informal, Archaic
  • Handcuffs.

    • ‘The quality of their handcuffs is quite close to darbies that have been made in Great Britain - the fine workmanship differs significantly from the crude stuff that comes from India.’
    • ‘When he conned Scotland Yard detectives into trying their "darbies" (handcuffs), they locked Houdini's arms around a stone pillar and left him to suffer.’
    • ‘The great escapist simply banged the darbies on the pillar and walked off.’
    shackles, manacles, handcuffs, irons, leg irons, chains, bonds
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Origin

Late 17th century: allusive use of Father Darby's bands, a rigid form of agreement which put debtors in the power of moneylenders, possibly from the name of a 16th-century usurer.

Pronunciation:

darbies

/ˈdɑːbɪz/