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"golden handcuffs" in British English

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golden handcuffsnoun [plural]

uk   us   slang
payments made to ​employees, ​especially those in a high ​position, as a way of ​persuading them not to ​leavetheirjobs and go and ​worksomewhereelse
(Definition of golden handcuffs from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"golden handcuffs" in Business English

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golden handcuffsnoun [plural]

uk   us   HR
a ​payment made to an ​executive as ​part of an ​agreement that they will not ​leave to ​work for another ​company: In the past, ​pensionschemes were used as golden handcuffs to ​keepkeyemployees.
(Definition of golden handcuffs from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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