Meaning of “golden handcuffs” in the English Dictionary

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"golden handcuffs" in British English

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golden handcuffsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˌɡəʊl.dən ˈhænd.kʌfs/ us /ˌɡoʊl.dən ˈhænd.kʌfs/ slang

payments made to employees, especially those in a high position, as a way of persuading them not to leave their jobs and go and work somewhere else

(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, pension schemes were used as golden handcuffs to keep key employees.

(Definition of “golden handcuffs” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)