Definition of handcuff in English:



  • A pair of lockable linked metal rings for securing a prisoner's wrists.

    • ‘Jim could see another set of handcuffs, securing Blair's wrists behind his back.’
    • ‘It's not until they are carrying me away, not until I can feel the cold metal of the handcuffs biting into my wrists, that it sinks in I just shot Santa Claus.’
    • ‘Koh acknowledged that these methods have included the use of tear gas, pepper-spray, stun guns, stun belts, police dogs, handcuffs and leg shackles.’
    • ‘In my case, I did think it was true in the latter case, with the handcuffs removed after the prisoner began to give birth.’
    • ‘I could still practically feel the handcuffs on my wrist.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the Prison Service said that, as with the previous escapes, the convict had a three-man escort who were under orders to keep the prisoner in handcuffs at all times.’
    • ‘But Makowe barked an order to the policewoman and, in an instant, a pair of handcuffs clicked shut around Julian's wrists.’
    • ‘He also made reference to injuries to his wrists which he stated were caused by the application of handcuffs.’
    • ‘Actual policemen brought the prisoners down to the police station in handcuffs and did the booking.’
    • ‘Then he was shackled in handcuffs, leg irons, and a belly chain and taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.’
    • ‘If you're going to get handcuffs on them, to restrain them, obviously they're going to get cut somewhere along the line.’
    • ‘Slap a pair of handcuffs on the bullies and show them what a real prison is like.’
    • ‘Suddenly, he yanked free as his hand came up and cuffed my wrist with my own handcuffs.’
    • ‘We've replaced their cuff links with handcuffs and moved their photos from magazine covers to wanted posters.’
    • ‘Every time he left his cell, including for medical appointments, Thomas had to wear a body belt and was shackled with handcuffs and leg irons.’
    • ‘A man who was arrested on suspicion of drink driving gave police officers the run-around after he slipped out of a pair of handcuffs and escaped from the back of a patrol car.’
    • ‘The article reported that the girl was detained in handcuffs and shackles.’
    • ‘I suddenly felt cold metal handcuffs slap on my wrists.’
    • ‘The two Norwegians threatened to arrest Inge while the out of uniform police officer wielded a pair of handcuffs to add to the threats.’
    • ‘He waved a pair of handcuffs under his prisoner's nose, forcing him to notice the razor sharp inner edges.’
    manacles, fetters, shackles, irons, bonds, restraints
    cuffs, bracelets, darbies
    gyves, wristlets, snips, stringers
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  • Put handcuffs on (someone)

    ‘he was led into court handcuffed to a policeman’
    figurative ‘he will not allow his training to handcuff his creativity’
    • ‘Before handcuffing him, police officer McDonald had ordered Oswald, who was sitting al the back of the auditorium, to stand up.’
    • ‘Inside, a lone police officer is handcuffed to a bed with no other person on board.’
    • ‘I was handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded and held in solitary confinement for three months.’
    • ‘The minister was handcuffed to the protester for about half an hour.’
    • ‘He was then handcuffed and asked for the keys to the safe.’
    • ‘A shank was held to a female guard's throat as she was handcuffed to a chair and tied up with duct tape.’
    • ‘When we got to the police station, they handcuffed me to the stairwell.’
    • ‘At the station he was handcuffed to a Group 4 escort and taken to a cell in the adjoining court.’
    • ‘He was immediately handcuffed by Police and prison officials and taken back into custody at Balsam Ghut.’
    • ‘At the cemetery, they let Tony be handcuffed just to one prison officer.’
    • ‘He dropped to the floor where he was handcuffed to the lowest rung on the bars.’
    • ‘Prisoners are routinely handcuffed to basketball hoops and hung for 30 days or longer.’
    • ‘When he appeared in court at Basildon he was handcuffed to a dock officer.’
    • ‘He discovered he was handcuffed to a chair, his chest and feet bare and cold.’
    • ‘In addition there is now fresh evidence of O'Brien being handcuffed to a radiator and to a table whilst in police custody.’
    • ‘She was asked to the office, where two police officers handcuffed her and took her away.’
    • ‘Frank regains consciousness, and is taken aback to find that he is handcuffed to his hospital bed.’
    • ‘She asked him to get out of the cruiser after she arrested him, and she then searched him and handcuffed him.’
    • ‘The married traffic officer aged 34 was gunned down as he sat in his patrol car trying to handcuff the man, who had been driving a stolen BMW car in Dib Lane, Oakwood.’
    • ‘The officers in her barracks handcuffed her and treated her like an accused suspect.’
    manacle, fetter, shackle
    restrain, secure, put handcuffs on, put someone in irons, clap someone in irons, put someone in chains
    enfetter, gyve
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