Meaning of handcuff in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhan(d)kʌf/

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

    ‘He waved a pair of handcuffs under his prisoner's nose, forcing him to notice the razor sharp inner edges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I suddenly felt cold metal handcuffs slap on my wrists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then he was shackled in handcuffs, leg irons, and a belly chain and taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.’
    • ‘The two Norwegians threatened to arrest Inge while the out of uniform police officer wielded a pair of handcuffs to add to the threats.’
    • ‘The article reported that the girl was detained in handcuffs and shackles.’
    • ‘We've replaced their cuff links with handcuffs and moved their photos from magazine covers to wanted posters.’
    • ‘Actual policemen brought the prisoners down to the police station in handcuffs and did the booking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In my case, I did think it was true in the latter case, with the handcuffs removed after the prisoner began to give birth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jim could see another set of handcuffs, securing Blair's wrists behind his back.’
    • ‘Suddenly, he yanked free as his hand came up and cuffed my wrist with my own handcuffs.’
    • ‘Koh acknowledged that these methods have included the use of tear gas, pepper-spray, stun guns, stun belts, police dogs, handcuffs and leg shackles.’
    • ‘I could still practically feel the handcuffs on my wrist.’
    manacles, fetters, shackles, irons, bonds, restraints
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[with object]
  • Put handcuffs on (someone)

    ‘he was led into court handcuffed to a policeman’
    • ‘Inside, a lone police officer is handcuffed to a bed with no other person on board.’
    • ‘Prisoners are routinely handcuffed to basketball hoops and hung for 30 days or longer.’
    • ‘She asked him to get out of the cruiser after she arrested him, and she then searched him and handcuffed him.’
    • ‘He was then handcuffed and asked for the keys to the safe.’
    • ‘He discovered he was handcuffed to a chair, his chest and feet bare and cold.’
    • ‘The officers in her barracks handcuffed her and treated her like an accused suspect.’
    • ‘Frank regains consciousness, and is taken aback to find that he is handcuffed to his hospital bed.’
    • ‘He dropped to the floor where he was handcuffed to the lowest rung on the bars.’
    • ‘The minister was handcuffed to the protester for about half an hour.’
    • ‘When he appeared in court at Basildon he was handcuffed to a dock officer.’
    • ‘At the station he was handcuffed to a Group 4 escort and taken to a cell in the adjoining court.’
    • ‘A shank was held to a female guard's throat as she was handcuffed to a chair and tied up with duct tape.’
    • ‘In addition there is now fresh evidence of O'Brien being handcuffed to a radiator and to a table whilst in police custody.’
    • ‘At the cemetery, they let Tony be handcuffed just to one prison officer.’
    • ‘Before handcuffing him, police officer McDonald had ordered Oswald, who was sitting al the back of the auditorium, to stand up.’
    • ‘He was immediately handcuffed by Police and prison officials and taken back into custody at Balsam Ghut.’
    • ‘When we got to the police station, they handcuffed me to the stairwell.’
    • ‘She was asked to the office, where two police officers handcuffed her and took her away.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded and held in solitary confinement for three months.’
    manacle, fetter, shackle
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