Meaning of handcuff

hand•cuff

Pronunciation: (hand'kuf"), [key]
— n.
  1. a ring-shaped metal device that can be locked around a person's wrist, usually one of a pair connected by a short chain or linked bar; shackle: The police put handcuffs on the suspect.
—v.t.
  1. to put handcuffs on.
  2. to restrain or thwart (someone) by or as if by handcuffing: The amendments handcuffed the committee and prevented further action.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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