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handcuffsnoun [plural]

uk   us   /ˈhænd.kʌfs/ (informal cuffs)
two ​metal or ​plasticringsjoined by a ​shortchain that ​lock around a prisoner's ​wrists: a ​pair of handcuffs She was taken to the ​policestation in handcuffs.
(Definition of handcuffs from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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handcuffsplural noun

 us   /ˈhændˌkʌfs/ (short form cuffs)
two ​metalrings, ​joined by a ​shortchain, that are ​locked around a prisoner’s ​wrists to ​preventfreemovement: She was taken away in handcuffs.
handcuff
verb [T]  us   /ˈhændˌkʌf/ (short form cuff)
On the ​plane, he was handcuffed to an ​FBIagent.
(Definition of handcuffs from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “handcuffs”
in Arabic قَيْد, صَفَد…
in Korean 수갑…
in Portuguese algemas…
in Catalan manilles…
in Japanese 手錠…
in Chinese (Simplified) 手铐…
in Turkish kelepçe…
in Russian наручники…
in Chinese (Traditional) 手銬…
in Italian manette…
in Polish kajdanki…
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