Pronunciation of Handcuff
/hˈandkʌf/, /hˈandkʌf/, /h_ˈa_n_d_k_ʌ_f/

Synonyms for handcuff:

bond (noun)

band, binding, chain, connection, cord, fastening, fetter, gunk, hobble, hookup, iron, irons, ligature, link, linkage, manacle, network, nexus, restraint, rope, shackle, tie, wire, stickum, tie-in.

prison (noun)

bastille, bridle, brig, cage, cell, collar, confine, cooler, coop, dungeon, fence, gaol, harness, irons, jail, jailhouse, jug, keep, lockup, manacle, oubliette, pen, penitentiary, pillory, pinion, pound, prison, reform school, reformatory, shackle, stockade, stronghold, tether, vise, penal colony, Alcatraz, San Quentin, straight jacket.

hamper (verb)

baffle, balk, bar, bind, block, check, clog, cramp, cumber, curb, drag one's feet, embarrass, encumber, entangle, foil, frustrate, hamstring, handicap, hinder, hog-tie, hold up, Inc, hang up, cramp one's style, get in the way.

imprison (verb)

condemn, fetter, impound, imprison, incarcerate, lock up, sentence.

Sense 1

enchain, hog-tie, rope up, Gyve.

Sense 2

chain, hamper, hamstring, hogtie.

Sense 4

bond, gag, hobble, leash, truss.

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Usage examples for handcuff:

  • The woman had one bracelet of a policeman's handcuff over her left wrist and the other round his right one. - "Round the Red Lamp Being Facts and Fancies of Medical Life", Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Shoving the part of the handcuff which still hung to his wrist under the sleeve of his jacket, Holt disappeared through the crowd. - "The Progressionists, and Angela.", Conrad von Bolanden.
  • So they handcuff and chained him. - "Poor Jack", Frederick Marryat.

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