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handcuff

a pair of locking metal rings joined by a short bar or chain for securing prisoners, etc.
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The dignitary lifted the golden handcuffs from the pillow upon which they reposed.
"And I'll get the handcuffs," said the other runner, searching his coat-pockets.
Under Sheldon's directions the house-boys handcuffed the prisoner, by hands and feet, around one of the pile supports of the house.
Sheldon gave the keys of the handcuffs to a house-boy, who went under the house and loosed the prisoner.
But, beginning to perceive that the handcuffs were not for me, and that the military had so far got the better of the pie as to put it in the background, I collected a little more of my scattered wits.
He could not so much as get his breath to speak, until they were both separately handcuffed, but leaned upon a soldier to keep himself from falling.
Haley now came to the door, with the handcuffs in his hands.
'What he says is quite correct,' observed Blathers, nodding his head in a confirmatory way, and playing carelessly with the handcuffs, as if they were a pair of castanets.
But at the word, though only thought, not spoken, he felt the handcuffs galling his wrists, the cord pressing his arms to his sides: the loaded guns levelled at his head; and those cold, bright, sharp, shining points turned towards him: the mere looking down at which, now that he was bound and helpless, made the warm current of his life run cold.
I have a vivid recollection of that instant, of Holmes' triumphant expression and the ring of his voice, of the cabman's dazed, savage face, as he glared at the glittering handcuffs, which had appeared as if by magic upon his wrists.
I think you had better put the handcuffs away again.
With this he took from his pocket a pair of handcuffs made of gold and set with rubies and diamonds, and these he snapped over Ojo's wrists.