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Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. handcuffs(noun)ˈændkˌʌfs

    two connected metal rings used to fasten prisoners' wrists


  1. handcuffs(Noun)

    A fastening consisting of two metal rings, designed to go around a person's wrists, and connected by a chain or hinge.


  1. Handcuffs

    Handcuffs are restraint devices designed to secure an individual's wrists close together. They comprise two parts, linked together by a chain, a hinge, or rigid bar. Each half has a rotating arm which engages with a ratchet that prevents it from being opened once closed around a person's wrist. Without the key, the handcuffs cannot be removed and so the handcuffed person is unable to move his or her wrists more than a few centimetres/inches apart, making many tasks difficult or impossible. This is usually done to prevent suspected criminals from escaping police custody.

Translations for handcuffs

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

handcuffs(noun plural)

steel rings, joined by a short chain, put round the wrists of prisoners

a pair of handcuffs.

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